Barrack Rodos & Bacine has urged Pennsylvania’s highest court to uphold a decision that state legal ethics rules barred a non-attorney consultant from trying to enforce a purported fee-sharing agreement he says entitles him to $1.5 million in compensation for work on securities cases for the firm.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is weighing whether the Philadelphia-based firm was being allowed to skirt its obligations to consultant Scott Freda on grounds that the deal the two sides struck violated ethics rules barring lawyers from sharing fees with non-lawyers.

But the firm argued in a brief on Friday that the importance of ensuring that attorney-client relationships were unaffected by obligations to financially interested third parties outweighed any obligation it might owe to Freda under the purported fee-sharing deal.

Barrack Rodos is represented by Raymond Quaglia and Matthew Vahey of Ballard Spahr LLP.

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