An appeals court for Florida’s Gulf coast reversed an attorney’s charging lien lodged against assets his former client was awarded in the final divorce judgment. A charging lien is often levied by an attorney who feels he is owed money by a client. In divorce cases, the lien can attach to assets distributed to a former client at the end of a case, but only if that asset award was the result of the attorney’s efforts. Here, the appeals court found the attorney withdrew from the case long before the distribution of assets, and because he played no role in that, the charging lien was overturned.
The case was Duhamel v. Fluke, and the Florida appellate opinion can be found here.