CHICAGO — A Chicago lawyer widely known for defending Drew Peterson is suing another attorney and his law firm, citing alleged legal malpractice.
Joel A. Brodsky filed a complaint on Feb. 13 in Cook County Circuit Court against Ryan T. Brown and the firm of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP, alleging they breached their duty as counsel and as the law firm representing him in a lawsuit.
According to the complaint, Brodsky retained Brown and Gordon & Rees to represent him in a lawsuit. Brodsky reportedly provided Brown substantial documents that the latter could have used in a July 6, 2017 hearing to show his statements in the pleadings were supported by evidence. Prior to the hearing, Brodsky claims Brown did not know what the nature of the hearing would be; did not discuss with Brodsky if he would like to testify or what his testimony would be; and did not know what Brodsky was being accused of doing relative to the sanctions hearing. Subsequently, Brodsky was ordered to pay $50,000 in sanctions.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks more than $50,000 and costs. He is representing himself.
Brodsky led the legal team that defended Peterson in the 2012 trial in which Peterson was convicted of killing his ex-wife.
Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2019L001570.