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Bohatch v. Butler & Binion
Citation:977 S.W.2d 543 (1998)
Colette Bohatch was made partner in the office of Butler & Binion in 1990. She then began receiving internal firm reports showing the number of hours each attorney worked, billed and collected. From her review, Bohatch became concerned that McDonald was overbilling Pennzoil. On July 15, 1990, Bohatch met with Louis Paine, the firm’s managing partner to report her concern. The next day, Bohatch repeated her concerns to Pain and to R. Hayden Burns and Marion E. McDaniel, two other members of the firm’s management committee. Paine and Burns investigated Bohatch’s complaint. In August, Paine met with Bohatch and told her that the firm’s investigation revealed no basis for her contentions. He added that she should begin looking for other employment. In January 1991, the firm denied Bohatch a year-end partnership distribution for 1990 and reduced her distribution share for 1991 to zero. Bohatch filed this suit and the firm voted to expel her from the partnership.
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