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Drew Peterson’s ex-lawyer files libel lawsuit against fellow attorney

Published: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 10:15 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — CHICAGO — Joel Brodsky, an attorney who represented Drew Peterson before he withdrew from the legal team in October, has filed a libel lawsuit against attorney Steven Greenberg and The Chicago Tribune Company, among others.

Brodsky says that a letter obtained by the Tribune from Greenberg, at one time a co-attorney on Peterson’s legal team, contained material that was “false and misleading,” according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court. Brodsky’s suit claims Greenberg’s letter “was comprised of a false narrative designed (to) defame Brodsky as revenge for (Brodsky’s) attempt to terminate (Greenberg) as one of Peterson’s attorneys...”

The lawsuit states the letter defamed Brodsky by claiming he was a liar and an incompetent lawyer, among other counts.

After Peterson was found guilty of the 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in September, the lawsuit says Greenberg had motive to defame Brodsky, so the blame of losing the case would be placed solely on Brodsky.

The letter put Brodsky’s law office “in a false light in the public eye,” causing him to lose out on profits, according to the lawsuit.

Brodsky lists the Tribune Company as a defendant for publishing information from Greenberg’s letter.

Also listed as defendants in the case are Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair, AOL Patch, Patch Media Corporation and Patch editor Joseph Hosey.

Brodsky is represented by Chicago attorney Walter P. Maksym, who said in a statement Wednesday that he’s confident Brodsky will win the case and “that his good name will be cleared and his professional reputation will be restored.”

The Tribune declined comment.

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