A bankruptcy lawyer in the West Bank city of Ramallah said he is considering suing his former employer for allegedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars in his own money to pay for his legal expenses.
The lawyer, who asked not to be identified, said he has been receiving threats since his former firm was dissolved in October, and he fears for his safety after being warned by a security guard at his office in Ramallah.
The lawsuit would seek unspecified damages for loss of profit, breach of fiduciary duty and negligent conduct.
According to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., the former law firm of the lawyer, Benjamin Jewell, has been operating in Ramah since 2012, according to court documents.
A lawyer for the firm declined to comment on the lawsuit, citing the ongoing investigation.
A spokeswoman for the U.K.-based law firm said in a statement that “the claims we have raised in the lawsuit are completely false and baseless and that Benjamin Jewells lawyers have never done anything illegal or illegal in Ramat Gan.”
Israel’s Ministry of Finance said in October that it would not pay for any of the costs of the lawsuit.
The United States has become a leading source of defense lawyers for Palestinians seeking to get out of bankruptcy.
In recent years, more than 20 percent of bankruptcy filings in the U.”s West Bank and Gaza Strip are filed in Ramazan, a town in the east of the country where Israeli settlers and settlers from the West bank are considered enemies of the state.