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July 21, 2014
McNair Law Firm Sued for Legal Malpractice
McNair Law Firm, the third largest law firm in South Carolina with more than 100 attorneys in nine offices, and one of its attorney’s shareholders are being sued for legal malpractice.
Charleston, SC – Bland Richter attorneys, Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter, filed a legal malpractice suit in Richland County, South Carolina on July 14, 2014 against McNair Law Firm, the third largest law firm in South Carolina with more than 100 attorneys in nine offices, and Bob Deeb, a real estate lawyer at the firm’s Hilton Head office. The suit alleges that Deeb conspired with a land developer and business associate to deprive five elderly black sisters of land that had been in their family since the 1920s.
The property owned by the White Sisters was valued at over $6 million in 2009 when the suit alleges that attorney Deeb and his business partner and associate, Ed Flynn, Hilton Head developer, misled the sisters into signing over their land, despite conflicts of interest and the failing real estate market. According to the suit, Deeb never informed the sisters that he had represented Flynn and that he had both a personal and financial stake in Flynn’s business. Instead, Deeb continuously encouraged the sisters to continue their negotiations with Flynn for the purpose of forming a joint venture to develop the family land.
In 2009, Deeb advised the sisters to transfer their land into an entity called “WSI II” and allowed this entity to comingle the property into other ventures of Flynn. Essentially WSI II became a one-third minority partner in entities owned or controlled by Flynn,. The sisters were promised $300,000 each and a home that was worth no less than $600,000. According to the suit, none of them received either. Deeb continued to represent the sisters until April 2013, when another attorney discovered the relationship between Deeb and Flynn.
“The conflicts of interest in the case are profound and troubling,” says Bland Richter partner Ronnie Richter.
About Bland Richter
Bland Richter’s practice areas include a concentration in legal and professional malpractice. Partners, Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter, have a combined 45 years of legal experience. In addition, Bland Richter prosecutes medical malpractice, complex commercial, transactional and business disputes. With offices in both Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, the firm serves the entire State of South Carolina and beyond. In addition to its members being admitted to practice law in South Carolina, Eric Bland is also a member of the Pennsylvania and Florida bars. Bland Richter is available for association anywhere in the Country where its services may be necessary. To learn more about Bland Richter visit www.blandrichter.com