A fight is underway over an $8 million settlement awarded in July to a former Alachua County Public Works employee who was left paralyzed after an on-the job accident almost exactly one year earlier.

Emanuel Baker, who has yet to see any of the $8 million settlement, is suing Gainesville attorney Chris Chestnut to invalidate a contract between him and his family and The Chestnut Firm that guarantees the firm 40 percent of the settlement amount and exceeds the limits of Florida Bar rules without special permission by a judge.

The suit also accuses The Chestnut Firm of charging excessive attorney expenses, including a chartered jet and overnight stays at the Four Seasons Hotel, according to a complaint filed in Alachua County Court on Aug. 12.

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