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Thursday, May 17, 2007

"NY BigLaw Leader Scores $1 Million Fee in Pro Bono Case"

An article in the New York Law Journal on 5/15/2007
(republished on New York reports that
a federal judge awarded more than $950,000 in attorneys
fees to Skadden Arps for its pro bono representation of
a group of restaurant staff who sued the employer for
withholding tips in violation of the Fair Labor Standards
Act and New York Labor Law.

According to the article, Judge Gerard Lynch stated
that the fees were reasonable in light of the complexity
and difficulty of the case. Skadden partner Mark Cheffo
is quoted saying that the firm's share of the award
will be used for "legal and social organizations to support
efforts on behalf of Chinese Americans and low-wage