The quiet persuasiveness of West Palm Beach
business litigator Sid Stubbs
BY HARRIS MEYER
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SCOTT WISEMAN
FOR THREE YEARS, SIDNEY A. STUBBS
did everything he could to keep former
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft partner
Jim Beasley from recovering his
partnership capital, profits, attorney’s
fees and punitive damages after Beasley
claimed the New York-based firm
wrongfully expelled him.
“My financial life was on the line,” says
Beasley. You might expect him to bear
some hard feelings toward the veteran
Florida litigator. Yet in the years since that
nationally noted case—which inspired
many articles on attorneys’ fiduciary
duties to each other—Beasley and Stubbs
have become friends.
“Sid’s not only a wonderful lawyer but
a man of great integrity,” Beasley says.
“I knew Sid was doing his job. He never
did anything other than what was purely
Stubbs, defending Cadwalader, lost
the hard-fought trial in 1996, though an
appellate court two years later denied
Beasley recovery of hefty attorney’s fees.