Ex-Sichenzia Ross Partner Sues Baker Botts for $35M, Alleging Extortion on Behalf of Ex-Client | New York Law Journal
Harvey Kesner alleges that Baker Botts and partner Jonathan Shapiro told him he must pay $9.6 million to account for acts of “fraud, breaches of duty, defalcations and other misfeasance” he committed while representing MabVax. Kesner, after being sued separately by MabVax in California without Baker Botts representation, lost his partnership at what was then Sichenzia Ross Ference Kesner, the complaint said. The punitive damages Kesner is seeking stem from him being forced out of his firm. https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/2020/01/24/ex-sichenzia-ross-partner-sues-baker-botts-for-35m-alleging-extortion-on-behalf-of-ex-client/
Harvey Kesner alleges that Baker Botts threatened to alert federal authorities and sue him on behalf of his former client, MabVax, if he did not pay $9.6 million. Mabvax is currently suing Kesner with other representation.