"Former Media Executive Sues Proskauer for Malpractice Over Arbitration
Posted by Brian Baxter
William Frazee, a former vice president at Ascent Media Group, is suing Proskauer Rose and Los Angeles-based partner Anthony Oncidi for allegedly mishandling arbitration matters and having a conflict of interest when representing him, according to sibling publication The National Law Journal.
The civil suit by Frazee was filed against Proskauer and Oncidi, the head of the firm's labor and employment group in L.A., on January 4 in Los Angeles County superior court. The NLJ reports Frazee is seeking more than $500,000 in compensatory damages plus punitive damages.
According to the complaint, Frazee previously held management positions at MGM Studios, United Artists, and Dick Clark Productions. The NLJ reports Frazee worked for Ascent when two women filed separate complaints against him and the company, one of which was a sexual harassment claim that went to arbitration. (Courthouse News has more background on the dispute.)
After settling the disputes with the two women, Ascent claimed in arbitration proceedings that Frazee's conduct was outside the scope of his employment, the NLJ reports, making him liable for $500,000 in attorney's fees and other settlement payments by Ascent.
Frazee claims Proskauer never informed him of any potential fee liability and claims the firm was conflicted in representing both him and Ascent, according to The NLJ.
In an e-mailed statement to The NLJ, Proskauer said Frazee's suit "arises from ongoing litigation between parties and is clearly intended as a tactic in that dispute."
Samuel Smith of Beverly Hills-based SJS Counsel is representing Frazee. Smith told The NLJ that his client is currently unemployed.
The suit against Proskauer comes two weeks after the former CEO of another major entertainment company, James Wiatt of the William Morris Agency (now called William Morris Endeavor after a 2009 merger), sued Winston &; Strawn over the actions of former partner Jonathan Bristol, who was charged by the U.S. Department of Justice and the SEC with fraud on December 16."
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William Frazee, a former vice president at Ascent Media Group, is suing Proskauer Rose