Rudy Giuliani’s former lawyer sued him Monday, alleging the ex-New York Metropolis mayor has paid solely a fraction of practically $1.6 million in authorized charges he’s racked up from investigations into his efforts to maintain Donald Trump within the White Home.
Robert Costello and his legislation agency, Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP, say Giuliani has paid them simply $214,000 and nonetheless has a $1.36 million tab. Giuliani’s final fee, in line with the lawsuit, was $10,000 on Sept. 14 — a few week after Trump hosted a $100,000-a-plate fundraiser for Giuliani at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf membership.
Costello and the agency say Giuliani, as soon as celebrated as “America’s mayor” for his management after the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults, breached his retainer settlement by failing to pay invoices in full in a well timed vogue. The lawsuit, filed in state court docket in Manhattan, seeks full fee of Giuliani’s unpaid payments, in addition to prices and costs from their efforts to get him to pay up.
“I can’t categorical how personally damage I’m by what Bob Costello has accomplished,” Giuliani mentioned Monday in a press release supplied by his spokesperson. “It’s an actual disgrace when attorneys do issues like this, and all I’ll say is that their invoice is manner in extra to something approaching authentic charges.”
Monday’s lawsuit is the most recent signal of Giuliani’s mounting monetary pressure, exacerbated by pricey investigations, lawsuits, fines, sanctions and damages associated to his work serving to Trump attempt to overturn the 2020 election.
Giuliani, Trump and 17 others had been indicted final month in Georgia, accused by Fulton County District Legal professional Fani Willis of plotting to subvert Joe Biden’s election win.
Giuliani has pleaded not responsible to fees alleging he acted as Trump’s chief co-conspirator.
Costello, a accomplice at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, was Giuliani’s lawyer from November 2019 to July 2023.
He represented Giuliani in issues starting from an investigation into his enterprise dealings in Ukraine, which resulted in an FBI raid on his dwelling and workplace in April 2021, to state and federal probes of his work within the wake of Trump’s 2020 election loss.
Costello and his agency mentioned of their lawsuit that in addition they helped signify Giuliani in varied civil lawsuits filed towards him and in disciplinary proceedings that led to the suspension of his legislation licenses in Washington, D.C., and New York.
Giuliani might be on the hook for a large monetary penalty after a decide held him liable final month in a defamation lawsuit introduced by two Georgia election employees who say he falsely accused them of fraud. The decide has already ordered Giuliani and his companies to pay greater than $130,000 in authorized charges for the ladies.
Giuliani’s son, Andrew, mentioned final week that the Bedminster fundraiser was anticipated to lift greater than $1 million for Giuliani’s authorized payments and that Trump had dedicated to internet hosting a second occasion at his Mar-a-Lago membership in Palm Seashore, Florida, later within the fall or early winter.