When an attorney seeks to be paid his or her fee, the attorney is allowed to breach certain aspects of the attorney-client relationship to advance the claim. But only so much as is necessary and no more. That being the case, what to make of this, as reported by the Daily Beast:
https://www.thedailybeast.com/michael-a ... ref=scrollIn his new legal action, Avenatti says he decided to cut ties after “Daniels became increasingly difficult, uncooperative, erratic, and unpredictable, and began falsely accusing people closely aligned with her (but not Mr. Avenatti) of theft without any legitimate basis.”
“Ms. Daniels’ false accusations in some instances were targeted at friends of 20 years and her private security detail,” the filing alleges.
The letter states the firm also decided to sever ties after “prior false accusations (which you chose to make public before communicating them to me—I found out from a reporter)” and Daniels’ “general lack of appreciation for our work and the thousands of hours we have devoted to you, which we have largely done for free at great expense to me and my firm.”
How is any of that relevant to his fee claim?
* Business & Professions Code §6068: “It is the duty of an attorney to do all of the following: . . . (e) (1) To maintain inviolate the confidence, and at every peril to himself or herself to preserve the secrets, of his or her client.”