Ghislaine Maxwell was sued by her lawyers for over $878,000 in fees

A law firm that helped defend Ghislaine Maxwell, the socialite convicted of helping the financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually assaulting underage girls, is suing her, her brother and husband, saying she was never paid more than $878,000 for her work.

Denver-based Haddon, Morgan and Foreman alleged in a lawsuit filed Monday that Maxwell made her brother Kevin Maxwell pay her legal fees after she was arrested in 2020 — but that he paid only a fraction of what they had charged before and during the trial her. Kevin Maxwell urged the firm to continue working on appeals after she was convicted despite the unpaid bills and had accused Maxwell’s husband, Scott Borgerson, of standing in the way of making payments, according to the Denver lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims Borgerson formed an LLC to buy property to protect his wife’s assets from creditors.

Two lawyers at the law firm – Laura Menninger and Jeffrey Pagliuca – were part of Maxwell’s legal team during her trial in New York.

It was Maxwell found guilty in December for sex trafficking, transporting a minor to engage in unlawful sex acts and two counts of conspiracy. She was sentenced in June to 20 years in prison and is serving time in FCI Tallahassee, a low-security federal prison in Florida’s capital.

The Jeffrey Epstein Maxwell Trial
Audrey Strauss, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, points to a photo of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell during a news conference in New York, July 2, 2020.

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Emails and phone messages left with two of Maxwell’s defense attorneys, Christian Everdell and Bobbi Sternheim, were not returned. Calls to phone numbers listed for Borgeson were not returned. Kevin Maxwell could not immediately be located for comment. In an email, his brother, Ian Maxwell, said no one in the family, including Ghislaine Maxwell, would comment on the trial.

According to the lawsuit, Haddon, Morgan and Foreman — a firm founded by former public defenders who have represented other high-profile clients such as basketball star Kobe Bryant and John Ramsey, the father of JonBenet Ramsey — first began representing Maxwell in a 2015 lawsuit by Virginia Guiffre.

In the lawsuit, Giuffre claimed that Epstein and Maxwell initiated sexual encounters with royalty, politicians, businessmen and other rich and powerful men, including Britain’s Prince Andrew, starting when she was 17. Andrew vehemently denied the allegations and agreed to settle the lawsuit against him earlier this year.

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