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Lawyer Sues Client Over Bad Yelp Review

By William Vogeler, Esq. | Last updated on

Alisa Levin knows the client from hell.

Like most horror stories, it didn't start that way. Levin, a Chicago lawyer, was ghostwriting documents for another lawyer who represented Paul Abramson, a California resident.

She literally never met the man, and everyone was innocently going about their business when something sinister came out. It was a dispute over her bill.

The $9,000 Bill

According to reports, Levin billed the client's credit card more than $9,000. She said it was authorized under the retainer agreement.

But Abramson was angry. Actually, more like furious. Let's just say he turned into Satan's worst nightmare.

He disputed her charges with his credit card company. He sent her bills and hired a collection agency to robocall her. He complained to the local bar association, the state bar association , the better business bureau and anyone else who would listen.

He was largely unsuccessful and his hate went unabated -- until Yelp helped him vent.

The $1.1 Million Lawsuit

Abramson dug the knife in deep in his online review. He began: "Craigslist legal predator--not your legal advocate."

"Alissa Levin represents herself as a legal ghost writer expert on Craigslist," he wrote. "She is nothing more than a con artist who preys on people in legal trouble like yours truly."

Levin responded to the review, saying the writer was a disgruntled client and his ethics complaints resolved in her favor. That prompted Abramson to file another ethics complaint for the lawyer posting confidential material online.

Now Levin is suing her former client for defamation and other claims. That's right, they'll be in hell together for a while.

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