Personal Injury Firms Claim Rival Lawyers Use Illegal Solicitation

Four personal injury firms in Broward and Palm Beach counties are suing three other law firms on allegations they illegally solicit clients. The firms of Lawlor, Winston, White & Murphy in Fort Lauderdale; Metnick, Levy & Long in Delray Beach; Balkan & Patterson in Boca Raton; and Gary E. Susser in Boynton Beach filed suit in Broward Circuit Court on Jan. 4. They allege the firms of Bader, Stillman & Adler in Margate; Madalon Law Firm in Hollywood; and Gregory Schwartz P.A. in Hollywood use middlemen dubbed as runners to sign up people involved in accidents. The lawsuit appears to be a concerted campaign to curb solicitation practices that give law firms that allegedly use runners an unfair advantage. It is unusual, however, for law firms to go after each other on this issue. Illegal soliciting is a practice policed by The Florida Bar. Joseph Madalon is the only named attorney defendant who is under investigation by The Florida Bar.

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