By David C. Burkett
and Michael R. Caryl
The compensation of lawyers serving as in-house counsel is not a common topic and until now had escaped both of us. But Washington employers with in-house counsel and their own outside, retained counsel need to carefully consider the implications of a recent Division I decision, Chism v. Tri-State Construction, Inc.1
The Court of Appeals in Chism held that the trial court had no power to order an in-house counsel (Geoffrey Chism) to disgorge $1.1 million of total damages that had been awarded to him in his lawsuit for unpaid wages, despite the trial court’s findings that he had committed...