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Lawsuit alleges solo attorney paid two associates at the firm to send cases his way

TSR Injury Law accuses attorney of stealing their cases

One of the more well know personal injury law firms in town is suing a solo practitioner for allegations that he stole clients as part of a referral scheme that involved lawyers at the firm.

TSR Injury Law of Bloomington is accusing Michael Riehm of Minneapolis of conspiring with two TSR associates to take nearly 200 client files over an 18 month period.

The firm is seeking damages of at least $150,000. The complaint alleges that Riehm of paying “tens of thousands of dollars” to an associate at TSR for case referrals. Riehm denied the charges in an interview with the Star Tribune, but in an affidavit the associate (who has since left TSR) admitted the charges were true.

“I participated in an on-going scheme to divert potential TSR Injury Law clients to Michael Riehm in exchange for a referral fee,” Matthew McCollister, a former TSR associate said in court records.

The lawsuit also alleges that Riehm spared no expense in enticing McCollister to send cases his way. He either sent checks to his house for the referrals, or paid him “over lavish dinners and evenings out, one of which included a limo and a trip to a Minneapolis strip club,” the Star Tribune reports.

Riehm admits that he was referred cases but said they were ones that TSR wouldn’t have taken at the he only worked about 5 percent of them.

According to court documents, a second former associate at TSR also said he referred cases to Riehm.


One comment

  1. Does not seem like there is a good ending for the young associate, regardless of what happens with Mr. Riehm’s defense.

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