Adam Hemlock, a partner at the New York law firm Weil Gotshal and Manges, has been sued by Dan in New York State Supreme Court. It is the first lawsuit Dan has ever filed and one that according to Dan, he has been “trying to avoid” for the past two years.
Dan alleges, that Hemlock and Dr. Ronnie M. Hirsh, as two of three board members in their New York City condominium, have sought to prevent Dan from making renovations and safety improvements to his apartment, that he is legally entitled to pursue. Their entire condo is comprised of just 7 people, and apparently Hirsh and Hemlock have enormous amounts of free time to spend attempting to stymie Dan’s efforts to upgrade his apartment. According to the lawsuit, the upgrades, which included renovating a balcony and repairing and renovating a garden and cellar, would only have a positive impact, on and for, his neighbors.
The New York Post, Above The Law, Business Insider, and Law 360, among others covered the filing in which Dan describes Hemlock’s behavior as “bizarre and seemingly irrational.” Many of the legal publications focused on the fact that Hemlock, (either intentionally, recklessly or just foolishly) used his Weil Gotshal email address to threaten Dan with legal action.
Mediaite also covered the lawsuit, as it was connected to a previous story Dan had written about the problems with the civil law system:
In that context he discussed how he was reminded of this reality by his own “tedious” experience with the legal system in fighting with his tiny condo board. A battle he characterized as “nothing like” the real challenges so many face in the justice system and instead just “a squabble amongst relatively wealthy neighbors over condo renovations. The details as absurd as they are mundane.”
At the time Dan wrote the piece it seemed unlikely that he would file: “I have to decide if I’m prepared to pay enormous legal fees out of pocket for a lawsuit while they hand over their bills to an insurance carrier.”
Well, he has apparently decided to pay those fees to try to achieve the justice he feels he is entitled to, and to hold Hemlock and Hirsh accountable.
“I spent two years trying not to file this lawsuit,” Dan told Law360. “This dispute doesn’t involve groundbreaking legal issues, but I can’t sit back and watch them create their own set of rules, so I’ve asked a judge to enforce the actual rule of law.”