Attorneys for Rep. Madison Cawthorn are suing, seeking nearly $200,000 in unpaid fees

WASHINGTON — Attorneys for outgoing Rep. Madison Cawthorn are suing him in federal court, alleging he owes them nearly $200,000 in unpaid legal fees.

Law firm Bopp filed a lawsuit against the North Carolina Republican for alleged breach of contract in the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on December 1, according to court filings.

The Terre Haute-based law firm began representing 27-year-old Cawthorn on Jan. 10, amid questions about whether he would be charged for his involvement in then-President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally that sparked the Capitol riot on Jan Triggered Jan. 11, could legally run for office Jan. 6, 2021.

Attorneys successfully defended Cawthorn, and a federal judge ruled in March that the North Carolina state elections commission should not investigate Cawthorn to determine his eligibility for the 2022 Republican primary in May.

Cawthorn eventually lost that race to Chuck Edwards, who won the Cawthorn House seat in the midterm elections.

Madison Cawthorn reportedly owes nearly $200,000 in legal fees.

Since then, Cawthorn has allegedly amassed $193,296 in debt to the law firm in unpaid legal fees — not including interest or fees “for working to collect overdue amounts.”

Donald Trump arrives from the Oval Office for his departure from the White House September 16, 2019 in Washington, DC.
Law firm Bopp began representing Madison Cawthorn when questions surfaced about his involvement in Donald Trump’s Jan. 6 rally.
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“Because Mr. Cawthorn BLF failed to pay attorneys’ fees, costs, expenses and
Interest due, he broke the agreement,” his attorneys wrote.

The fees included multi-attorney rates that range from $270 to $630 an hour, according to a bill in the lawsuit.

As of Friday, Cawthorn had not filed a response to the lawsuit, according to court filings. His Washington office could not be reached for comment. Attorneys for Rep. Madison Cawthorn are suing, seeking nearly $200,000 in unpaid fees


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