As reported in this New York Law Journal article, Manhattan law firm Graubard Miller has been hit with a suit claiming some of its partners tried to extract almost $50 million in “gifts” and unearned fees from a longtime client, the 80-year-old widow of one of New York City’s largest real estate developers, Sylvan Lawrence, who died in 1981. Mr. Lawrence’s estate has been embroiled in litigation ever since. Mark Zauderer of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, who represents Graubard Miller, said Ms. Lawrence’s suit against the firm is aimed at avoiding paying a “well-earned fee.” Ms. Lawrence, who is represented by Leslie D. Corwin of Greenberg Traurig, is seeking rescission of her retainer agreement and the return of all fees previously paid to the firm and all gifts paid to the partners. The complaint also requests punitive damages and attorney fees.