A Washington federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Smith, Currie & Hancock over the return of ex-partner capital contributions, instead granting the firm's motion to compel arbitration.
The former partners, Dick Haire and Reginald Jones, along with other members of Atlanta-based Smith Currie's small Washington office, left the firm for Fox Rothschild in August 2011. Besides hiring Smith Currie attorneys and staff, Fox Rothschild also took over the lease of its Washington office.
Haire and Jones, in a complaint filed last April, said that they left Smith Currie over concerns about their compensation. The two claimed that after they left, the firm wrongly refused to return their capital contributions; Haire said he paid $49,981 into his capital account and Jones said he paid $65,852.