Winston & Strawn is suing a former client, a Mississippi law firm, for alleged unpaid fees and expenses of more than $200,000.
In the lawsuit filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Winston & Strawn accused the Eaves Law Firm, based in Jackson, Miss., of failing to pay legal fees for work Winston & Strawn attorneys did from 2010 through 2011.
The lawsuit doesn't specify the work Winston & Strawn performed, except that the firm provided "legal services" on "certain legal and legislative matters." Winston & Strawn said it was hired by firm attorney John Eaves Jr., a former Mississippi gubernatorial candidate.
Public records show the firm lobbied for the Eaves firm. According to U.S. Senate lobbying disclosures, Winston & Strawn assisted the firm in recent years in pursuing environmental contamination and health claims for Puerto Rico residents related to U.S. military exercises. The firm reported earning $310,000 from 2010 through late 2011.
Starting in January 2010, the Eaves firm agreed to pay a $12,000 monthly rate to Winston & Strawn, according to the complaint. The monthly rate went up to $18,000 in October 2010. The Eaves firm paid some, but not all of its bills, Winston & Strawn alleged, and in November 2011 Winston & Strawn stopped doing legal services for the Eaves firm.
Winston & Strawn claims the Eaves firm owes $279,400 in legal fees and expenses.
Paul Maloney of Carr Maloney is representing Winston & Strawn. Maloney and a firm spokesperson did not immediately return requests for comment. Eaves also could not be reached.
The case has not been assigned to a judge.