Labor & Employment

Top 3 Billers of Legal Services for NFL Players Before Lockout

The months-long labor lockout that threatened the very existence of a National Football League season and this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI may seem a distant memory.

But the Am Law Daily took a look back at that time period, specifically eying what the players’ union spent on lawyers and lobbyists from outside firms.

Examining the NFLPA’s annual LM-2 forms filed with the U.S. Department of Labor, the legal publication teased out the top billers for collective bargaining and other legal services between March 1, 2010 and Feb. 28, 2011.

Collective bargaining expenses consumed most of the NFLPA’s outside legal and lobbying bills racked up before the union decertified last year. The Am Law Daily lists more than 30 firms in descending order, with these three as the top billers:

• Latham & Watkins, for collective bargaining and public policy matters: $3.1 million

• Dewey & LeBoeuf, for collective bargaining and legal services: $2.9 million

• Patton Boggs, for collective bargaining and public policy matters: $948,983

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