Winston & Strawn is seeking $500,000 in unpaid fees from a company that purportedly hired the firm to represent a friend of its chief executive officer.
According to the complaint filed yesterday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the firm was hired by John McLean, chief executive officer of Johnson & McLean LLC, to represent McLean's friend, Edwards Warneck. The complaint didn’t specify what work the firm did for Warneck or for how long, except that it involved "legal defense."
The firm’s representation of Warneck ended February 22, according to the complaint. Winston & Strawn said McLean failed to pay the $494,760 he owed in legal fees, costs and expenses. The firm is suing Johnson & McLean and McLean individually. The complaint didn’t specify what type of company McLean ran, and public records only indicate that it’s registered in South Carolina.
A Winston & Strawn representative could not immediately be reached for comment. Carr Maloney's Paul Maloney, lead attorney for the firm, also could not immediately be reached. Contact information for McLean, his company, and Warneck wasn't available.
The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan.