18 Feb 2015

Paul, Weiss fees outweigh client compensation by 10 to one in NY case

New York mayor Bill de Blasio has settled an action that has been running for five years about the rights of police officers to stop and frisk - by awarding US$295,000 to 11 plaintiffs and $2.95m to the lawyers representing them.

Songquan Deng

The action was about the rights of the New York Police Department to stop and frisk suspects without probable cause in public housing. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison was acting alongside the Legal Aid Society and the Legal Defense & Education Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. 

Charitable causes

Paul Weiss has some 850 attorneys based in New York, London, Beijing and other major cities in the world. The action was handled by partner Daniel Leffell who is described on the Paul Weiss website as an 'active participant in community and charitable causes' and as having 'extensive experience advising clients and handling a diverse array of complex litigation'. Paul Weiss has just broken through the US$1 barrier on its gross income, with a gross turnover of $1.03b in its newly-announced results for 2014. Source: New York Post