Rudy Giuliani Faces Lawsuit Over Unsettled Legal Fees

In a twist of legal fate, Rudy Giuliani, previously a stalwart attorney for Donald Trump, now finds himself on the receiving end of a lawsuit.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Rudy Giuliani Faces Lawsuit Over Unsettled Legal Fees
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Rudy Giuliani, previously a stalwart attorney for Donald Trump, now finds himself on the receiving end of a lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed Monday by his former legal counsel, accuses the ex-Mayor of owing a staggering $1.36 million in unpaid legal fees.

A Legal Tangle

Robert Costello, a partner at the esteemed law firm Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, filed the suit in New York Supreme Court against Giuliani. At the heart of the dispute lies the claim that since 2019, Costello and his firm have offered Giuliani continuous legal counsel without receiving due payment.

Among the services cited in the lawsuit, Costello’s firm represented Giuliani in the initial stages of what ultimately evolved into the election interference cases in both Georgia and Washington, D.C. Rudy Giuliani has not remained silent on the matter.

Responding to the allegations, he expressed deep personal hurt at the actions of Bob Costello, whom he accuses of inflated billing. "It’s a real shame when lawyers do things like this," Giuliani remarked in an official statement, "and all I will say is that their bill is way in excess of anything approaching legitimate fees."

Legal Shadows Lengthen Over Giuliani

This lawsuit over unsettled fees isn't Giuliani’s only brush with the legal world recently.

A revealing report from NBC News earlier this month stated that former President Donald Trump held a fundraising event at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club. The funds raised were earmarked for Giuliani's legal defense. The context? Giuliani is among Trump's 18 co-defendants in Georgia, facing indictment over alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in the state.

All 19 defendants, including Giuliani, have entered pleas of not guilty. With Giuliani's legal woes mounting, and this latest lawsuit further tangling his affairs, observers and legal analysts will be closely watching as events unfold.

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