Fee Tracker: Apple's Bromwich Battle and More
While it’s unclear whether Fahner’s remarks played any role in his firm being replaced as the state’s bond counsel, Mayer Brown was one of 14 firms—others included Foley & Lardner, Ice Miller, Katten Muchin Rosenman, Kutak Rock and Quarles & Brady—vying for the work that ultimately went to Chapman and Cutler. (Katten, now home to former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, has long served as the city of Chicago’s bond counsel.)
Meanwhile, Mayer Brown’s request to recover $126,000 in fees in a New York landlord-tenant dispute earned a blistering response from a Manhattan judge this month, according to sibling publication New York Law Journal. In one particularly withering comment contained in his eight-page ruling in the case, Judge Frank Nervo blasted the firm for spending a “stunningly inordinate amount of time” on simple tasks.
Winston Partners Depart, With One Joining a Longtime Client
Winston & Strawn lost two top litigation partners—and, presumably, at least some of the revenue they bring in—this month. Gene Schaerr left Winston’s office in Washington, D.C., to defend Utah’s same-sex marriage ban, according to sibling publication The Blog of Legal Times, which notes that he has agreed to cap his fees for the cause at $200,000.
Meanwhile, Chicago-based litigator R. Mark McCareins is poised to become general counsel of the Metals Service Center Institute on Feb. 3. McCareins, who is also a senior lecturer on business law at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, has long served as counsel to the suburban Chicago–based trade association. A 2011 tax filing by the institute shows it paid Winston $848,509 for “legal consulting” that year.
Syracuse Sports on the Move?
The Fee Tracker’s alma mater, Syracuse University, officially shifted its high-powered college sports program to the Atlantic Coast Conference last year. The move spurred talk that the school’s football and basketball teams might leave Syracuse’s storied Carrier Dome for a more modern facility, and The Post-Standard of Syracuse reported this month that the university is indeed strongly considering building a retractable roof replacement for its current 50,000-seat stadium.
A federal tax filing by the university covering the 12-month period that ended June 30, 2012, shows that it paid roughly $4 million that year to four architectural and engineering firms. Also receiving more than $4 million in fees was the university’s longtime legal adviser, Syracuse-based Bond Schoeneck & King. As for the Greensboro, N.C.–based ACC, which is mired in litigation with former members that defected for other conferences, its 2011 tax filing shows $130,732 being paid to North Carolina’s Smith Moore Leatherwood.
MoMA Keeping Firms Busy Amid Controversial Expansion
The Museum of Modern Art in midtown Manhattan has embarked on an aggressive redesign, one element of which has involved its 2011 purchase of the American Folk Art Museum, which will be razed to make way for the new expansion. The entire campaign has prompted The New Republic’s art critic Jed Perl, a visiting professor at The New School, to complain that the world famous museum is on its way to looking like a “f—king department store.”
A review of MoMA’s corporate member roster reveals that a half-dozen Am Law 100 and Global 100 firms dot the list. The museum’s 2011 tax filing shows that two of those firms—Proskauer Rose and Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel—earned $545,469 and $108,662, respectively, for legal services.
—The Republican reports that Fish & Richardson’s legal bills could reach $1.2 million in an employment dispute involving Evan Dobelle, the former president of Westfield State University in Massachusetts.