Howrey Seeks New Work Despite Its Dissolution
Posted May 4, 2011 6:55 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Howrey officially dissolved in March, but it is seeking $10.5 million in new legal work from a recently created utility board in New York State.
Board members of the North Country Power Authority are being asked to sign a contract with the law firm to help the authority acquire assets, conduct feasibility studies and handle other projects, the Am Law Daily reports. The publication received the proposed contract from an anonymous source.
The power authority creates a regional utility system for 24 separate utilities in upstate New York. Its new chairman, State University of New York physics professor James Monroe, said Howrey helped pass the law that led to creation of the authority. The work was done on contingency, and Howrey needs to be paid for its efforts, Monroe told the Am Law Daily.
The contract, however, calls for Howrey to do continued work for the authority and lists Howrey litigation partner Robert Green Jr., who has not yet moved to a new law firm. Green told the authority’s negotiation committee last month that a downsized law firm could still handle legal work, according to meeting minutes obtained by the Am Law Daily.