"I challenge you to a duel," the attorney wrote, "You pick the time, place and manner"

By Alex Heigl
Updated July 15, 2015 12:00 PM
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Granted, we didn’t go to law school, but this seems like an unorthodox way of dealing with a client.

Crystal Lake, Illinois, attorney Donald Franz was involved in a dispute with his client Mike Rutowski over $400. Franz billed Rutowski for that amount for “efforts to reduce the assessed value of real property [Rutkowski] had recently purchased,” according to a complaint filed by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

Communications between the pair broke down, to put it mildly. The complaint indicates that Franz referred to Rutkowski as a “small penis a–hole” and “insulted Rutkowski’s manhood and choice of automobiles.”

“I challenge you to a duel,” Franz’s email continued. “You pick the time, place and manner. I choose small claims court.”

In his answer to the filing, Franz confessed to the “general characterization” of his comments, though he “denies insulting Rutkowski’s manhood or choice of automobiles,” and says his duel challenge was taken out of context.