Originally Posted by RK38
New York. Commissions were about 40K from my portion of it. Trying to determine what type of lawyer would be best suited for this. Surprisingly, I called about four securities attorneys and only one sounded like they knew the insurance side of the business. However, that specific attorney's retainer was extremely high compared to the others.
$40K is certainly beyond NY's small claims court limit and it's not a lawsuit you want to try on your own.
I'm not sure that the insurance or securities angle is the way to go. You had a contract for commission. Shouldn't make any difference that the product was insurance or a widget.
This is more of a contracts issue and it should take a contracts (general business) attorney who can look at your evidence and determine if an enforceable contract actually existed.
Yes, you are likely to have to pay an attorney by the hour with a retainer and you need to be willing to spend the money to pursue the lawsuit if you have to, although a scary letter from an attorney might get your enemy to hand over the money.
Hope for the best, plan (and budget) for the worst.