Attorney Fees

Bankruptcy Filing Shows Gibson Dunn Superstar Makes $1,800 an Hour


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by Marc Mauldin

A partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher who challenged a California initiative banning gay marriages is back in the limelight, this time for his pricey fees.

Bankruptcy filings reveal that former Solicitor General Ted Olson charges $1,800 an hour, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports. It’s the highest rate ever publicly disclosed, according to consulting firm Valeo Partners.

The filings seek payment for Gibson Dunn lawyers working on the bankruptcy of LightSquared Inc.

Second on the Gibson Dunn rate list is Eugene Scalia, whose father is Justice Antonin Scalia. The justice noted at the ABA Annual Meeting last August that he earns less than his former law clerks who become associates at large law firms. Signing bonuses, he said, add $250,000 to their pay. “There’s something wrong with a system where getting someone just a little bit brighter is worth that kind of money,” he said.

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