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Bohatch v. Butler & Binion
Citation:977 S.W.2d 543 (1998)
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Bohatch became an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Butler & Binion in 1986. John McDonald and Richard Powers were the only other attorneys in the Washington office. The office did work for Pennzoil almost exclusively. On July 15, 1990, Bohatch became concerned that McDonald was overbilling Pennzoil and discussed the matters with Powers. The following day, McDonald met with Bohatch and informed her that Pennzoil was not satisfied with her work. In January 1991, the firm denied Bohatch a year-end partnership distribution for 1990 and reduced her distribution share for 1991 to zero. By September, Bohatch had found new employment. She filed this suit and the firm voted to expel her from the partnership.
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