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Top Lawyer Arrested for Soliciting Prostitute

Personal injury lawyer agreed to community service following incident in Petersburg motel.

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A lawyer who's appeared in a television commercial for the high-profile personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen was arrested last month on charges of soliciting a prostitute.

Court filings show that Paul Christopher Guedri pleaded no contest and had the charges dismissed March 22 in Petersburg General District Court after agreeing to pay $2,500 in fines and court fees and perform 10 hours of community service.

Petersburg police arrested Guedri on Tuesday, March 2, at 2:44 p.m., after an incident at 530 E. Washington St., according to the court summons. That address matches a Travelodge motel in Petersburg.

Neither Guedri nor his attorney had responded to calls from Style by press time Monday. A spokesman for Allen & Allen also had not returned requests for comment.

The Web site of the Richmond-based firm describes Guedri, 56, as a “take-charge” lawyer: “Chris' forceful personality compliments his formidable litigation and negotiating skills.”

In a single week in 2004, Guedri managed to reel in two separate $1 million settlements. He currently represents the family of Loucendia Reed Lambert, the woman who was killed by a GRTC bus in downtown Richmond Sept. 30. The Lambert family's suit against GRTC seeks $10 million.

Guedri's profile also says he has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his law degree from the University of Richmond's T.C. Williams School of Law. It also says he coaches Tuckahoe Little League.

An official with the Virginia State Bar says he has no public disciplinary record for Guedri.

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