Barnes & Thornburg partner Alec Beck left the firm a day after filing a lawsuit against MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell against e-voting companies Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic.
Beck, a labor and employment attorney in Minnesota, was not allowed to press charges, the firm said in a statement provided to Bloomberg Law. The lawsuit alleges companies are militarizing litigation to silence Lindell’s claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
“Late last night, the management of the company became aware of the filing of the complaint which was made without having received a firm authorization in accordance with the internal procedures of approval of the company,” the statement said. “The firm withdrew as local counsel in this matter and terminated the client relationship.”
Lindell’s complaint in a Minnesota federal court, which is peppered with quotes from George Orwell’s classic novel, “1984,” alleges that companies sued Lindell earlier this year in an attempt to intimidate him. Lindell has repeatedly claimed that security flaws in the Dominion and Smartmatic electric voting machines influenced the election outcome.
Dominion sued Lindell in February to seek $ 1.3 billion in damages, alleging he knowingly made false accusations that the company helped rig the election of President Joe Biden. In April, MyPillow hit back with a $ 1.6 million lawsuit claiming Dominion was stifling his free speech.
Beck did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday on his exit from the company. Douglas Daniels of Daniels & Tredennick in Houston, whose name was also on the complaint, said in an email he was unaware of the circumstances of Beck’s exit. Daniels said Beck remains the local lawyer in the case.
Beck, whose biography was no longer available on the Barnes & Thornburg website on Friday evening, joined the firm in late 2019, according to a declaration. He has been touted as having over 30 years of experience in labor and employment law, including before state and federal courts and administrative agencies such as the National Council for Labor Relations and the Department of Labor.
Beck’s other clients include Inspire Brands, KinderCare Corporation and a Radisson hotel in the Mall of America, according to a search of Bloomberg Law files.