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Lawyer claims former client failed to pay for 9-hour mediation session

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 5, 2018

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CHICAGO — A lawyer is suing a client, alleging breach of contract and refusal to apply payments in connection with a settlement agreement.

Mitchell Kline filed a complaint on April 11 in Cook County Circuit Court against Doreen Wilson, John Schuepfer, Schuepfer Inc., and Herman J. Marino, Ltd., PC.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 8, 2016, after agreeing to represent defendant Wilson in pursuing legal action against Schuepher, the plaintiff attended a nine-hour mediation to resolve claims Wilson alleged against Schuepher. 

The parties agreed the terms reached in mediation would be incorporated in a settlement agreement and mutual general release, and that Schuepher would make a settlement payment within 30 days to Wilson and to Kline. 

However, Kline claims the agreements were not followed, as Wilson fired him as her attorney, and the defendants continue to privately discuss the settlement. Kline alleges he was never paid any monies pursuant to the agreements or his attorney's lien. 

The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly failed and refused to disclose if a settlement was reached, the terms of any settlement and whether monies were paid, and failed to pay for legal services rendered.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury, seeks an order authorizing Jemelle D. Cunningham to act as a special process server, and seeks entry of an order authorizing discovery. Kline is represented by Jemelle D. Cunningham of Lad Law Group PC in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 18-L-3648

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