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Published: Wednesday, 11/28/2007

Lawyer sued by ex-client who says she took his cash

Attorney Karyn McConnell Hancock was sued in Lucas County Common Pleas Court yesterday by a former client who claimed she negotiated a settlement for his car crash but never gave him the money.

Ms. Hancock, a former Toledo city councilman and daughter of Toledo Municipal Judge C. Allen McConnell, was not available for comment yesterday.

According to the lawsuit, Ms. Hancock represented Maurice Morris of Toledo after he was hurt in a crash in 2004. The suit said Ms. Hancock negotiated a settlement without Mr. Morris' knowledge with the insurance company in the amount of $10,000.

Mr. Morris further claims he was never given the check, and instead, it was "forged by either the Defendant Karyn Richelle McConnell, or by persons within her employment at the law firm of Karyn McConnell Hancock Co., LPA."

The suit, assigned to Judge Denise Ann Dartt, asks for damages in excess of $50,000.

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