Kiger v. Balestri

The court affirmed summary judgment in favor of the defendant on a breach of fiduciary duty claim. Balestri was a lawyer who left his practice to become CFO of an internet company. Balestri’s friend Kiger later contacted Balestri to ask about certain industry contacts that Kiger believed could help him to implement a new business idea. Kiger’s business never materialized. Balestri subsequently invested in a business in the same industry, and Kiger sued for breach of fiduciary duty. Kiger alleged that Balestri acted as his attorney and then revealed his confidential and trade secret information to the new business. The trial court granted both traditional and no evidence summary judgment against Kiger. The court of appeals affirmed, holding that despite Kiger’s contention that an implied attorney-client relationship existed between him and Balestri, no evidence of such a relationship existed in the record. Additionally, even if Kiger believed that such a relationship formed, one party’s subjective beliefs are not evidence of an implied attorney-client relationship.

Kiger v. Balestri, 05-10-01308-CV

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