Sonnenschein, which brought on three lawyers from Huron Consulting, has been sued by the Chicago-based firm, claiming the attorneys were illegally recruited. Huron seeks $30 million.
The three lawyers are Sonnenschein health care managing director Nancy Freeman, compliance director Judy Ringholz, and Linda Robinson.
The suit accuses Sonnenschein health care partner Lisa Murtha, a former Huron employee, of arranging the recruitment of the three lawyers from her former company. Huron claims that Sonnenschein is a direct competitor to its health care consulting business.
Huron accuses Murtha of directing the employees to steal the firm’s data and clients. The suit alleges breach of fiduciary duty, violation of trade secrets laws and computer fraud.
Chicago’s Huron Consulting has 20 offices, including in Jordan, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Singapore.
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP is an international law firm with 700 lawyers and other professionals in the United States and Europe. Founded in Chicago in 1906, it has 14 offices in the US and Europe.