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Dewey paid executive partner $190,000 after bankruptcy filing

The bankrupt firm has collected $19.3 million from clients, and paid $5.7 million in expenses

A bankruptcy trustee recently rejected Dewey & LeBoeuf’s proposal to pay remaining workers up to $700,000 in bonuses, but that hasn’t stopped the bankrupt firm from shelling out for several high-level employees.

Since filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 28, Dewey has paid $190,000 to executive partner Stephen Horvath, who is supervising the bankrupt firm’s wind-down. According to a court filing Friday, the payment compensates Horvath for work done between the bankruptcy filing and the end of June (an annual rate of nearly $2 million). He also was reimbursed for $23,563 in expenses.

Other high-level employees making bank include general counsel Janis Meyer, who earned $56,000, and director of finance Frank Canellas, who pocketed $33,333. The filing also noted that former partners in the firm’s Frankfurt office received an unauthorized payment of $76,466 on May 29, though it does not specify who made the payment.

Meanwhile, the firm has managed to recoup some outstanding fees from clients: The filings show that the estate has collected $19.3 million thus far and paid out $5.7 million in expenses. In total, the firm owes creditors between $245 million and $315 million.

In a Monday filing, the firm said that it was bleeding employees, 48 of whom remain to wind down the firm. "Every employee knows this is a liquidation case with a limited employment opportunity for them," the filing said. "It is also known that is living month to month on the use of cash collateral. [Dewey's] need to stem further employee attrition is greater now than ever." Last week, a U.S. bankruptcy trustee rejected Dewey’s proposal to pay its remaining employees up to $700,000 in incentive and retention pay, saying that the firm had failed to show the plan was economically feasible.

Dewey is also in hot water with some of its former partners, who are unhappy with a proposed clawback settlement that would shield them from future lawsuits in exchange for payments of between $25,000 and $3 million. Facing considerable opposition, Dewey agreed last week to revise the clawback plan.

Read more at Reuters.

For move InsideCounsel coverage of Dewey & LeBoeuf, see:

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Dewey retirees unhappy with proposed settlement

Dewey offers former partners a deal

Dewey looks to pay remaining staff $700,000 in bonuses

Former Dewey partner sues management, claims they were “running a Ponzi scheme”

Dewey finally files for bankruptcy

Regulators sue Dewey, Warsaw office transfers to Greenberg Traurig

Dewey’s leaders discuss downfall, next steps

Exodus of Dewey attorneys in full effect

Dewey warns employees that firm could shut down

Dewey encourages partners to jump ship

N.Y. prosecutors probe Dewey & LeBoeuf, firm cuts ties with executive

Dewey & LeBoeuf overhauls management team amid more defections

Alanna Byrne

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