Judge Dismisses suit against lawyer in divorce case.
By Joe Beck
A Winchester judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a local attorney against his former wife's divorce attorney. Judge Joanne F. Alper ruled Feb. 27 that Phillip S. Griffin h
In an interview Monday, Shmidheiser said he believed the suit was motivated by hard feelings stemming from the divorce case. I think I said at the time I trusted in the system to dispose of the
lawsuit, that it was a crazy lawsuit," Shmidheiser said. "I trusted in
the system, and the system repaid that trust." Griffin's lawsuit accused Shmidheiser of committing perjury, fraud
and misrepresentation. Other accusations included defamation and
violations of the Fair Debt Collection and Fair Credit Reporting acts.
The suit sought $2 million from Shmidheiser and his law firm.
Shmidheiser said the divorce case, which was still pending at the
time the suit was filed, has been settled. Shmidheiser began
representing Griffin's former wife, Kathryn Obenshain Griffin, in
Winchester Circuit Court in 2006. A judge sealed the divorce records at
Shmidheiser's request in 2007.
Shmidheiser sounded confident that the case is over, although Griffin
has 30 days to file an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court.
"It was just annoying to me because it got so much widespread
publicity," Shmidheiser said of the lawsuit. "I'm happy to have it