Rudy Giuliani, once New York City’s heralded mayor and Donald Trump’s legal spearhead in the tumultuous 2020 election aftermath, is now at the center of another controversy. This time, he finds himself on the defendant’s side in a lawsuit filed by his former attorneys.
The claim? Unpaid legal fees amounting to a staggering $1.36 million.
The Rudy Giuliani lawsuit was instituted on Monday by Robert J. Costello, a friend and former legal ally, and the law firm Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP. Filed in a Manhattan state court, the suit alleges that while Giuliani did make some payments, a hefty sum remains outstanding.
The legal fees accrued during various legal challenges faced by Giuliani from 2019 to 2023. He has been involved in numerous cases, including some tied to Trump’s aggressive push to reverse the 2020 election results.
This recent lawsuit is just one of many that underscore the crumbling legal and financial landscape for the former mayor. Among his other troubles, Giuliani is also grappling with charges in Georgia related to alleged efforts to overturn the election results. A New York state court also suspended his law license following his association with Trump’s electoral challenges.
In response to the lawsuit, Giuliani expressed deep hurt, particularly from Robert J. Costello, remarking to POLITICO, “It’s a real shame when lawyers do things like this.” He went on to question the legitimacy of the firm’s charges.
But while Trump can dip into a vast reserve to fund his legal defenses, Giuliani seems to be on shakier ground. Indications of his financial strain became evident when he put up his $6.5 million apartment for sale and his attorneys proclaimed him as “close to broke.”