Lawyer disputes claims in $2 million legal dispute |

Lawyer disputes claims in $2 million legal dispute

CARSON CITY (AP) – A lawyer for a wealthy Tahoe developer whose estate was hit with a $1.8 million jury verdict denied Wednesday that he threatened at one point to beat up the attorney who sought the award.

Reno attorney David Hamilton, who represented the late William Cody Kelly in part of the case involving local lawyer Dan Walsh, said that during a discussion of the case Walsh blew up at him and he in turn warned Walsh he’d defeat him in court.

In Walsh’s complaint listing various allegations of abusive tactics by Kelly and his legal counsel, he stated that Hamilton told him he’d ”kick his (tail).” Hamilton said he made the remark, but in the context of warning Walsh of the likely outcome of the court dispute.

Walsh said he had sued Kelly after the developer hired him and then balked at paying him, claiming Walsh owed him money.

Kelly, who started the upscale Uppaway development on Tahoe’s east shore, has since died.

Walsh said Tuesday that with interest and attorneys’ fees the total award of compensatory and punitive damages should exceed $2 million.

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