ST. LOUIS — A plaintiff in a lawsuit involving a vehicle collision is suing his lawyer for allegedly accepting a settlement in the case without his consent.
Kierre Moss filed a complaint on Oct. 26 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Michael A. Lawder, alleging that the defendant failed in his duty to exercise the degree of skill, care and learning ordinarily exercised by members of the legal profession.
According to the complaint, Moss alleges that on June 25, 2016, he met with Lawder for the purpose of pretrial preparation but did not authorize any settlement and conveyed his desire to proceed to trial. The plaintiff claims that without his authorization, Lawder accepted an offer of $80,000 from the defendants to settle the vehicle collision case.
The plaintiff holds Lawder responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to properly communicate with and give advice regarding his chances of succeeding at a jury trial and failed to try the case to its conclusion.
The plaintiff seeks a judgment of more than $25,000 for costs and for other relief the court may deem proper. He is represented by William K. Meehan of the Meehan Law Firm in University City, Mo.
St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court Case number 1722-CC11608