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Lawlis v. Kightlinger & Gray
Citation:562 N.E.2d 435 (Ind.App.1990)
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The partnership (Kightlinger & Gray) for many years has practice law in Indianapolis and Evansville under various firm names. Lawlis initially became an associate of the partnership in 1966 but resigned after three years to join the staff of Eli Lilly and Company as an attorney. In 1982, Lawlis signed his first partnership agreement as a general partner and became a senior partner in 1975 and continued to practice law until 1982. In that year, Lawlis became an alcohol abuser. In 1983 and 1984, Lawlis did not reveal his problem with alcohol to the partnership. After he revealed, he drafted a document entitled ‘Program Outline’ which set forth certain conditions for Lawlis’s continuing relationship with the partnership. Lawlis was expelled by the votes of the senior partners. Lawlis filed suit for damages for breach of contract.
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