Giuliani Hit With Lawsuit From Former Lawyer

Giuliani Hit With Lawsuit By Former Lawyers

( – The walls continue collapsing around former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R). He’s gone from prosecuting mobsters for RICO violations as the one-time US Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) to becoming a defendant in a Georgia racketeering case. Amid mounting legal fees, his former defense recently hit him with a lawsuit demanding payment.

On September 18, Davidoff Hutcher and Citron LLP and Robert Costello, Esq. filed a civil complaint against Giuliani in the Manhattan Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York for New York County.

The seven-page document seeks the recovery of an outstanding debt for legal fees and services totaling $1,360,196.10. Under the parties’ signed retainer agreement, the plaintiffs also asked the court for attorney fees, payment of the costs and disbursements of the lawsuit, and any other relief the court deems proper.

Costello, a partner with Davidoff Hutcher and Citron LLP, provided services on Giuliani’s behalf from November 2019 through July 2023 on various matters. They included but weren’t limited to, representation in:

  • A former criminal criminal probe launched by SDNY prosecutors;
  • The ongoing criminal investigation by the Fulton Country, Georgia, District Attorney’s Office;
  • Special Counsel Jack Smith’s ongoing criminal investigation of the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol Building;
  • The former House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack;
  • During disciplinary proceedings regarding his law license by authorities in New York State and Washington DC, and;
  • Legal services in more than 10 civil actions filed against Giuliani in various federal and state courts.

The complaint claimed that Giuliani amassed a total bill of nearly $1.6 million. Additionally, it alleges he only paid $214,000. The former NYC mayor reportedly remitted his latest payment of only $10,000 on September 14.

Giuliani entered into the retainer agreement in 2019 with Costello. However, Costello has worked as a partner at Davidoff, Hutcher, and Citron for the duration of that document through the current date, accounting for the law firm’s listing as a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit.

As of September 19, the court clerk hadn’t reviewed the complaint or assigned it a case number.

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