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Judge denies Miles & Stockbridge’s post-trial motions in breach-of-contract case

A Baltimore judge denied post-trial motions filed by Miles & Stockbridge PC seeking to set aside or reduce a $231,000 verdict against the firm in a breach of contract suit brought by a former equity partner.

Baltimore City Circuit Judge Audrey J.S. Carrion on Aug. 3 denied a motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict and a motion for a new trial or remittitur.

Donald E. English Jr., now a non-equity partner at Jackson Lewis PC in Baltimore, resigned from Baltimore-based Miles & Stockbridge last July after 13 years with the firm, the last four as equity principal. English claimed after he resigned Miles & Stockbridge reduced his salary and “clawed back” nearly $60,000 the firm had paid him, according to his lawsuit. The firm also refused to pay English for his work on the last three days of the job as well as his salary and benefits through the end of the month and any prorated bonuses, according to the lawsuit.

The jury awarded treble damages in the case.

Tonya Baña, an attorney for English, said she and co-counsel Kenneth W. Ravenell will petition the court for attorneys’ fees by Aug. 17.

“Obviously, we’re pleased with the result and we anticipate filing our motion for attorneys’ fees and costs and bringing matters to a close,” said Baña.

A spokeswoman for Miles & Stockbridge did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The case is Donald E. English, Jr. vs Miles & Stockbridge PC, 24C17004438.

Daily Record Legal Affairs Writer Anamika Roy contributed to this report.


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