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Madison (Maddie) Johnston Wins Defense Judgment

Maddie Johnston won a Defense Judgment following a bench tried legal malpractice case in Franklin County, Missouri in favor of a local law firm. Plaintiff alleged that her attorney wrongfully withdrew from her case after she was unable to pay any more of her legal fees. The defendant law firm filed a motion to dismiss Plaintiff’s claim, as well as a counterclaim to collect Plaintiff’s unpaid balance. The motion was granted, so the trial moved forward on the law firm’s counterclaim. After presenting evidence that 1) Plaintiff breached her contract with the law firm by failing to pay her legal fees, and 2) Plaintiff unjustly retained the benefit of “free” legal services, the court entered judgment on behalf of the law firm and ordered Plaintiff to pay her outstanding legal bills.