Wood County Bar Association v. Robert E. Searfoss III, Case No. 2016-1489
In April 2012 James Bodenbender hired attorney Robert E. Searfoss III of Bowling Green to pursue a lemon law claim against a car dealership. The two entered an oral arrangement in which Bodenbender paid a $5,000 retainer and was to be billed $250 per hour. Searfoss didn't present Bodenbender with a written fee agreement and told him he didn't anticipate billing him anything more for the representation than the $5,000 because he would be able to recover attorney fees from the opposing party.