Philly law firm says former associate breached terms of employment separation agreement

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 17, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – A local law firm is charging one of its former associates with failing to pay it referral fees connected to cases the defendant settled or otherwise successfully litigated.

Haggerty Goldberg Schleifer & Kupersmith of Philadelphia filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Oct. 11 versus Dory L. Sater, Esq. of Drexel Hill.

Sater worked as an associate for HGSK from March 2, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2014, when the suit says both parties mutually terminated their working relationship. As part of the subsequent separation agreement, Sater took various client files with him and agreed to pay the firm referral fees. 

As Sater settled cases from September 2014 to January 2016, referral fees were paid to HGSK, but the firm claims it has not received thousands of dollars in referral fees since that time and also has not received status updates on other unresolved cases.

The firm requests these amounts in referral fees for various fees and status updates on cases which Sater may have resolved. For counts of breach of contract and accounting, the plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 and a court order compelling Sater to provide the updates in question.

The plaintiff is represented by James C. Haggerty of Haggerty Goldberg Schleifer & Kupersmith, in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 1710001342

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