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Your lawyer has no reason to do that. Your lawyer will make more money if you don't settle at all.
What you could do is sue her for $25K in Small Claims Court and self-represent rather than retain another lawyer as it is not really reasonable to sue for $37K in Superior Court unless you self-represent there because the legal fees will almost definitely be more than what you win. She will not have to pay your legal costs in full. In fact she will at best have to pay around 1/3 of them.