Case management conference moved to June in Buske suit against divorce attorneys, accountants

Amelia Flood May 20, 2011, 12:39am


A case management conference set next week in Sara Buske's malpractice suit against her divorce attorneys and accountants has been canceled and moved to June.

The case docket in the 2010 suit now lists its next case management date as June 29 at 9 a.m. before Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis.

Callis assigned the case to her own docket after both Madison County Circuit judges Andreas Matoesian and William Mudge bowed out of the case.

Sara Buske is suing Feldeman, Wasser, Draper & Cox of Springfield and St. Louis-based RSM McGladrey for damages in excess of $50,000 and other relief.

The dispute stems from the plaintiff's 2008 divorce from her then-husband Thomas Buske.

The Feldman firm represented her in the divorce while RSM McGladrey acted as her accountants.

Sara Buske claims that the Feldman firm mishandled the case and a pre-nuptial agreement that was central to arguments made by an intervener in the divorce, S.C. Johnson and Sons Inc.

She claims RSM McGladrey's accountants gave her bad tax advice.

S.C. Johnson intervened in the divorce claiming that it was an attempt to shield assets owed to the company under a $203.8 million civil judgment entered against Thomas Buske in Wisconsin.

All of the parties in the case eventually settled.

Sara Buske received $325,000 under the settlement.

A trust for the Buskes' children was set up containing $425,000.

Thomas Buske kept $50,000 in personal property.

The rest of the Buske assets went to S.C. Johnson to satisfy the Wisconsin judgment.

Both defendants in the 2010 suit have moved to dismiss the case.

Jarrod Beasley represents Sara Buske.

A.J. Bronsky represents the law firm.

Al Pranaitis and others represent RSM.

Vicki Cochran represented Thomas Buske in the divorce.

Andrew Velloff and Thomas Keefe Jr. represented S.C. Johnson in the divorce.

Madison County Associate Judges Duane Bailey and Thomas Chapman oversaw the divorce.

The case is Madison case number 10-L-1211.

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