Recently, the Colorado Supreme Court granted certiorari review in the following case which may be of interest to contingent fee attorneys who co-counsel.
Petitioner: Melat, Pressman & Higbie, L.L.P.,
Respondent: The Hannon Law Firm, L.L.C..
Summary of Issues:
Whether the court of appeals erred in holding that when an attorney withdraws from a contingent fee case, the attorney’s quantum meruit claim does not accrue until there is a recovery in the underlying lawsuit.
Whether the court of appeals erred in holding that, when a withdrawing attorney is barred from recovering quantum meruit from the client, the attorney may nevertheless recover quantum meruit from former co-counsel.