Rudy Giuliani’s Ex-Lawyer Sues Him for $1.3 Million over Unpaid Legal Fees Surrounding 2020 Election Defense

The suit alleges that the firm represented Giuliani in more than 10 lawsuits "in various state and federal courts"

Chip Somodevilla/Getty  Rudy Giuliani
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani is being sued by his former lawyer, who claims that he failed to pay more than $1 million for representing him in myriad lawsuits, CBS News reports.

Attorney Robert Costello and his firm, Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP, filed suit on Monday, alleging that 79-year-old Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, currently owes them $1.3 million for legal services.

The suit alleges that the firm represented Giuliani in more than 10 lawsuits filed against him "in various state and federal courts" and in ongoing disciplinary proceedings regarding his law license in Washington, D.C. and New York. (After having his law license temporarily suspended in both D.C. and New York in 2021, Giuliani now faces disbarment for his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.)

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Giuliani, once revered as "America's Mayor" in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, has faced a number of reported financial issues in recent years — the result of millions of dollars in legal bills stemming from the 2020 election and from a probe into whether Giuliani acted as an unregistered lobbyist for Ukrainian officials.

Just last month, the attorney listed his Manhattan apartment for $6.5 million.

Giuliani has in recent years made headlines for echoing Donald Trump's false election claims. He spent months after the 2020 election hosting press conferences and appearing on television and in courtrooms to try and contest the results of the election.

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<p>Fulton County Sheriff's Office</p> Rudy Giuliani's booking photo

Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Rudy Giuliani's booking photo

His actions in the wake of the election led to Giuliani being one of 19 people recently charged in a sprawling, 98-page indictment that detailed an alleged attempt to undermine the will of American voters.

Giuliani — who served as U.S. attorney for the southern district of Manhattan, between  1983 to 1989, a time during which he became well-known for crusading against organized crime — has been charged with 13 felony counts, including racketeering (violating the Georgia RICO Act) and false statements and writings.

His mug shot has since been released by the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, confirming that the former New York City mayor had a booking photo taken after surrendering to face the charges.

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The attorney has also made headlines recently for other controversies, such as when one of his former staffers introduced a series of bombshell audio transcripts of the former mayor as part of a lawsuit alleging he forced her to have oral sex and intercourse.

The former staffer further alleges that Giuliani did not pay her a promised $1 million salary as his director of business development. She claims he stipulated that her position be kept "secret" and that her salary would be deferred, because of his "crazy" ex-wife watching his cash flow.

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