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Belleville attorney alleges legal malpractice suit barred by statute of limitations

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 9, 2016

A Belleville attorney claims a man’s legal malpractice suit is barred by the statute of limitations, alleging he knew of any alleged wrongdoings for more than six years.

Albert Davinroy Jr. files his lawsuit on Nov. 6 against attorney Charles Stegmeyer and the Stegmeyer & Stegmeyer law firm.

According to the complaint, Davinroy retained Stegmeyer to represent him in a claim against his father’s estate in 2006.

Davinroy claims Stegmeyer breached the legal standard of care and his duty to the plaintiff. Specifically, the defendant allegedly said Davinroy reached an agreement in the case, which the plaintiff denies.

Additionally, Davinroy alleges Stegmeyer waived the plaintiff’s right to participate in his mother’s estate.

He seeks damages of more than $1 million.

The defendants filed a motion to dismiss the complaint on Jan. 7.

They argue that the allegations raised in Davinroy’s complaint occurred five to seven years ago in a mediation hearing that resulted in settlement in the plaintiff’s complaint against his mother and her estate.

As a result, the defendants argue that the plaintiff’s complaint is barred by the statute of limitations because he was aware of his allegations for more than six years.

The defendants are acting pro se in the case.

The plaintiff is also representing himself in the case.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-635

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