A nasty public case of Dayton-area law firm suing one of its former lawyers escalates. Oh -- these have a tendency to get nasty. We left a firm in 2015 and started our own firm. I still haven't been spoken to by several of my former partners.

The recent legal wrangling in the case of a local law firm suing its former attorney for an alleged “weekend raid” of clients has turned contentious. Recent motions and responses filed address the length of documents, accuse one side of “exulting form over substance” and that confidential information was exposed. Attorney Jack R. Hilgeman was sued last year by Horenstein, Nicholson & Blumenthal (HN&B), alleging that at 9:45 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017, Hilgeman sent an email of resignation. The complaint said Hilgeman then copied confidential information onto his own devices for the purposes of taking clients to his new firm. Hilgeman allegedly convinced his paralegal — who also had knowledge of the filing system with client information — to join him in at Cowan & Hilgemanm, according to the lawsuit.

Case of Dayton-Area Law Firm Suing Ex-Attorney Escalates