Former Trump legal professional Rudy Giuliani was sued Monday by his onetime lawyers in a lawsuit that claims he owes $1.36 million in unpaid legal fees.
Robert Costello, a associate on the legislation agency Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, sued Giuliani in New York Supreme Court. He and his legislation agency are looking for fee of legal providers that Giuliani has obtained since 2019.
According to the lawsuit, Costello’s agency started offering Giuliani legal providers round November 2019, which continued by July of this yr. The lawsuit mentioned legal providers supplied by the agency included early illustration in what turned the election interference circumstances in Georgia and Washington, D.C.
The legislation agency alleges that it billed Giuliani instantly for fees and bills totaling greater than $1.5 million, and that Giuliani solely paid $214,000.
In response to the lawsuit, Giuliani mentioned the greenback quantity sought was extreme.
“I can’t express how personally hurt I am by what Bob Costello has done,” Giuliani mentioned in an announcement. “It’s a real shame when lawyers do things like this, and all I will say is that their bill is way in excess to anything approaching legitimate fees.”
Earlier this month, NBC News reported that former President Donald Trump hosted a fundraiser at his golf membership in Bedminster, New Jersey, to assist a legal protection fund for Giuliani, who is among Trump’s 18 co-defendants indicted in Georgia for alleged makes an attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election outcomes in the state. All 19 defendants have pleaded not responsible to the costs in opposition to them.
In the federal election interference case introduced by particular counsel Jack Smith, the particular person named as co-conspirator #1 in the indictment in opposition to Trump seems to be Giuliani, primarily based on earlier testimony and different information. The indictment filed Aug. 1 cites Giuliani’s efforts to overturn the election outcomes utilizing false claims of fraud in Arizona and Georgia.
Costello on the time mentioned that co-conspirator #1 did look like his consumer, however added that “Every fact that Mayor Giuliani possesses about this case establishes the good faith basis President Trump had for the actions he took.”
The lawsuit from Costello and his agency provides to Giuliani’s legal woes.
Earlier this yr, he was sued in a wide-ranging $10 million lawsuit filed by Noelle Dunphy, a lady whose allegations included Giuliani harassing her and discussing the selling of presidential pardons after her hiring in 2019. Giuliani has denied the claims.
In July, a disciplinary board for the DC Bar Association recommended that Giuliani be stripped of his legislation license over alleged “malicious and meritless claims” he made to undermine the 2020 election. A spokesman for Giuliani on the time mentioned the transfer was “part of a larger effort to deny President Trump effective counsel by persecuting Mayor Giuliani.”
Last month, a federal choose found Giuliani liable for defaming two election staff in boosting Trump’s stolen election claims.