Siohvaughn Funches Said Former Attorney Messed Up Her Divorce Money
The former lawyer for Dwyane Wade’s ex-wife said her malpractice suit over her $5 million divorce settlement doesn’t have a leg to stand on – and he wants the judge to throw it out ASAP.
Lawyer Brian Hurst, who repped Siohvaughn Funches in her acrimonious divorce from the Chicago Bulls player, said the mom can’t prove he did anything wrong in his handling of the split, nor can she prove that she could’ve gotten more money if not for his actions.
Funches sued Hurst for legal malpractice, claiming the lawyer botched her case and screwed her out of a higher settlement. She said she should’ve gotten at least $10 million in the divorce, instead of her $5 million payout and their marital home.
Funches said Hurst never showed her Wade’s business contracts, so she had no idea how much he made and how much she could lay claim to. She said the lawyer pressured her into taking the settlement instead of going to trial, leaving her with much less than she believed she was supposed to get.
But Hurst said Funches went through several lawyers before finally hiring him in 2012, and by that time, both sides had already exchanged evidence, so he had to go on what he had. A judge threw out Funches’ initial case against Hurst, but after Wade signed a two year, $47.5 million contract with the Chicago Bulls, the judge ruled that she could amend her original complaint.
Wade filed for divorce in 2008 after six years of marriage and three sons. Funches said she was supposed to get a large portion of Wade’s “business as a professional athlete,” but Hurst said she never proved how she was entitled to that income.
The lawyer said the divorcee hasn’t produced any evidence that she would’ve got more money had she gone to trial instead of settling for the $5 million, and also hasn’t shown why she should’ve received more money.
Hurst wants the whole case thrown out as well as “other relief this court deems fair.”
A judge hasn’t yet ruled on the lawyer’s motion.