Specifically, Shumway advocated for Lund's freedom in the Arizona probate court and aggressively filed pleading after pleading asserting that Lund was competent. Meanwhile, Lund alleges, Shumway began conspiring against his client and incredibly secretly drafted proposed documents which, if the scheme had been successful, would have resulted in the guardian ad litem ("GAL") becoming a special conservator for Lund and Shumway himself becoming the court-appointed lawyer.
Davis, a former Special Counsel to President Bill Clinton and appointee to intelligence oversight panel for President George W. Bush, has signed on to associate as counsel in this battle.
Davis's entrance into the case comes after Shumway sued Lund for past legal fees related to his services, fees for which he charged while allegedly secretly conspiring against his own client. Lund responded by counterclaiming, alleging that Shumway, to the contrary, should pay both Lund's legal fees as well as general, special, and punitive damages in an amount to be proven at trial, for his alleged betrayal of Lund. As the counterclaim reads in pertinent part:
"Shumway did not inform Bradford Lund of these secret meetings, nor did Shumway Defendant ever receive consent or authorization from Bradford Lund to have these meetings. Not only was Shumway meeting with the GAL, and the GAL's attorney, Shumway drafted documents against his own client, Bradford Lund, and gave them to the GAL, and the GAL's attorney…During these conspiracies against Bradford Lund, Shumway continued to bill Bradford Lund for services as his attorney." – Defendant's Answer, Counterclaim, and Third-Party Complaint, Page 6.
Davis concluded: "In my 40+ years as a litigator, if these allegations are true, this is the most shocking example I have ever seen of a lawyer betraying his own client – and then billing him for it! I am here to help Mr. Lund fight back against a lawyer whom he alleges acted behind his back contrary to his client's interests. He wants justice – and I am proud to be a member of the legal team to help him get it."
Contact: Lincoln Zweig
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Lanny Davis, Attorney to Bradford Lund, Grandson of Walt Disney, Joins Arizona Litigation Against Lund's Former Attorney, Jeffrey Shumway Who Is Alleged To Have Charged Lund Over One Million Dollars Only To Secretly Betray Him