Lawsuit accuses Ala. law firm of collecting beyond agreed upon contingency fee

By John Suayan | Nov 21, 2017

HOUSTON – An Alabama law firm faces legal action from a Harris County woman who accuses it of breach of contract, recent Harris County District Court records show.

In a lawsuit filed on Nov. 20 in the Harris County 164th District Court, Donna Drennen claims Birmingham, Ala.-based Burr & Forman, LLP took a fee higher than what the parties agreed to.

Drennen hired the defendants to represent her in an arbitration.

According to the suit, the firm is not authorized to practice in Texas, but represented the plaintiff nonetheless.

The respondents reportedly agreed to perform legal services on a 25% contingency fee basis, to which Drennen asserts they took 15 percent more at the end of the proceeding.

“The defendants owed her a duty to place her interests above their own and to openly disclose information to Ms. Drennen even when it served only to illustrate their own incompetence,” court documents state.

Consequently, the complainant seeks unspecified monetary damages.

She is represented by attorney Michael D. West of the law firm West & West, LLP in Houston.

Harris County 164th District Court Case No. 2017-77667

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