Paul Manafort’s former son-in-law Jeffrey Yohai may soon be in need of new lawyers after his bankruptcy attorneys filed a motion in federal court saying they could no longer represent him, Politico reports.
The California law firm of Hinds & Shankman hopes to end their representation of Yohai’s Baylor Holding, LLC real estate firm. Yohai and Manafort used Baylor Holding to purchase real estate in the Los Angelas area.
“As of the filing of this motion, Baylor is in default under various provisions of the singed [sic] engagement letter with H&S, including by way of example only, lack of candor, lack of cooperation, and non-payment expenses [sic] and attorneys’ fees,” attorneys James Hinds, Paul Shankman and Rachel Sposato argued.
Last week, Reuters reported that Yohai had cut a deal with the Department of Justice that required him to cooperate with other criminal probes.
“Failure by a client to be candid with counsel, a failure to cooperate in the engagement, and a failure to pay for services are all good cause for counsel to seek leave of the court to withdraw,” they continued. “Baylor has repeatedly failed to be candid with H&S, top [sic] cooperate with H&S and has failed to pay its outstanding attorneys fees and costs.”
Yohai and Manafort’s daughter, Jessica, were divorced last year.