Reuters) – A law firm is suing Steve Bannon, former U.S. President Donald Trump’s onetime top strategist, for more than $480,000 in fees for its legal work on high-profile cases.
Law firm Davidoff Hutcher & Citron said in a lawsuit filed Friday in New York state court that Bannon has failed to fully pay for work it performed for him from November 2020 until November 2022. Bannon has been regularly represented by the firm’s partner Robert Costello.
The Davidoff firm represented Bannon after he was subpoenaed by the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, siege on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters, and in his criminal contempt trial after he defied the subpoena.
Midtown law firm Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP filed the lawsuit against Bannon in Manhattan Supreme Court, alleging the far-right provocateur only paid $375,000 out of an $855,487.87 legal bill run up over two years from Nov. 2020 to Nov. 2022, leaving open a tab of $480,487.87.
At a hearing in January, Bannon’s attorneys David Schoen and John Mitchell asked the presiding judge to let them drop Bannon as a client.
“There has been a direct breakdown in communications,” Schoen said at the hearing, calling their differences over defense strategy “irreconcilable.”
The judge, Juan Merchan, gave Bannon until the end of February to find new lawyers, or risk getting one appointed for him.
According to this site, Bannon is shopping for new lawyers.