A Charleston man who hired lawyer-legislator Marvin Pendarvis to represent him in an alleged unlawful arrest case is now suing Pendarvis, alleging that the attorney forged his signature and settled the case against his wishes. 

Adrian Lewis hired Pendarvis to sue the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Department in 2021 after Lewis said that he was arrested unlawfully during a child custody dispute. Pendarvis purportedly told Lewis his case could be worth more than a quarter of a million dollars. 

When mediation between Lewis and the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Department  failed in April 2023, the case was set for trial in November 2023, Instead, the suit alleges, Pendarvis settled the case for $10,000 in January 2024 and forged Lewis’s name on the final documents. 

The suit goes on to allege that Pendarvis offered Lewis $50,000 in cash to keep Lewis from suing him. Lewis declined and retained Cup of Justice co-host Eric Bland and his law partners, Ronnie Richter and Scott Mongillo, to represent him in his suit against Pendarvis. 
You can read all of the latest filings here, and hear Eric, Mandy, and Liz discuss the case on Cup of Justice Episode 77.

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Beth Braden is an award-winning journalist with experience covering government, education and crime and courts for more than 10 years. In addition to following breaking news and writing feature stories about life in her home state of Tennessee, her by-line appears on several internationally known websites.

Beth is passionate about communicating complex information in an easy-to-understand manner and she loves to pore over public records and court documents as she seeks out patterns and context to share with her audience. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting, strange museums, and good cups of coffee.

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