Bloomberg Law
Dec. 15, 2020, 6:20 PM

Girardi Keese Found in Contempt Over Millions Kept from Clients

Holly Barker
Holly Barker
Legal Reporter

The assets of law firm Girardi Keese and partner Tom Girardi were frozen by a federal district court in Illinois, and a $2 million-plus-interest judgment entered against them, after the firm and one of its named partners were found in civil contempt of court over their apparent failure to distribute client settlements.

Judge Thomas M. Durkin’s Monday order, which followed a court hearing the same day, also required current GK partner Keith Griffin and former GK partner David Lira to explain why they shouldn’t also be held in contempt of court. Lira is also Girardi’s son-in-law.

The allegedly undistributed settlements ...

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