When a California judge orders a law firm to stop representing a client, it’s a signal that the lawyer is about to get his day in court.
It was March 23, a year after a Florida man accused his former girlfriend of having a sexual relationship with him, but he was never charged.
In an effort to protect himself, he called his former law firm and the two sides reached a deal.
The court ordered Marshall Law to stop fighting the charges against him.
The firm, which has offices in San Francisco and Miami, said it would stop defending his client and turn over its records.
In return, Marshall said it had agreed to pay $3 million to the former girlfriend.
“It was the right thing to do,” said Jack Marshall, the firm’s founder and CEO.
“Marshall Law had a good defense.”
The $3.5 million is part of a settlement agreement with the former woman, who is now an attorney at the law firm, who was not identified by name.
She filed a complaint with the state attorney general’s office in 2015, saying Marshall Law had repeatedly failed to disclose that she had a sexual affair with the man who sued her in 2008, when he was just 19.
The agreement includes $3,000 in back payments to Marshall, $300 in legal fees and the promise to investigate further, according to a court filing.
Marshall did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
The former woman sued the firm in 2007, alleging she had been sexually assaulted by a former boyfriend in 2009, but that Marshall Law and its lawyer had not pursued her.
She alleged the firm “intentionally” violated her rights and made her feel “uncomfortable.”
“I have never felt so ashamed or humiliated in my life,” the woman said in a deposition.
In 2013, Marshall Law agreed to drop the case and pay the former girl $7,500.
Marshall later filed a new lawsuit against the woman, alleging that the firm had violated the settlement agreement and that it did not adequately protect the former client.
The settlement was reached after a yearlong investigation by the attorney general and the attorney for the state, the attorney General’s Office said.
It also included $1 million in back pay and $300 per day in attorneys’ fees, according, to the filing.
The case remains pending.
Marshal Law declined to comment.
The company did not respond to an email and phone message.
The company’s defense of its former employee, who says she was raped by her former partner and then committed suicide, is not a new story.
It is one of several cases involving rape claims that are not being investigated by prosecutors or defense attorneys.
A few years ago, former University of Alabama student Emily Bazelon sued her former employer for alleged sexual misconduct.
She said she was fired after she filed a lawsuit alleging she was sexually assaulted.
Bazelon was later fired by her employer and sued by the former employer’s former lawyer.
The suit was dismissed.
Belon is now suing her former lawyer for $7.4 million.
She has said that she has suffered “serious mental, emotional, and physical injuries” from the lawsuit.