Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Rhode Island

Q: In a 2 person firm, is it legal / moral that the 2nd attorney keeps firm afloat while 1st keeps all their attorney fees?

Good morning. I had a quick question about attorney workplace practices… my gf works for a firm. Just her and her boss. She feels she’s in a bit of a bad situation, her attorney fees are used to keep the business afloat and her boss pockets all his fees. Supposedly she gets the smaller cases for this reason he focuses on the more million dollar and more cases. That still feels wrong to me. Shouldn’t she be entitled to her earrings and he should be contributing to his business?

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Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
  • Licensed in Rhode Island

A: Your girlfriend is in the best position to advocate to reform her employment agreement as she sees fit, unless you also are an attorney and advocate that she has retained to negotiate on her behalf. If she is dissatisfied with her current arrangement, she is free to explore other options including other firms, or even starting her own practice. The decisions are hers to make.

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