Laura Balemian's husband died in the World Trade Center, and she received one of the largest awards from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund: $6.7 million. But she then paid out what may be the highest legal fee to Thomas Troiano: a one-third contingent fee of over $2 million. Now the propriety of the fee is before the courts, and the situation is uncomfortable for trial lawyers' groups, who support contingent fee arrangements but want to avoid being seen as profiting from the terrorist attacks.
Attorney's $2 Million 9/11 Fee Called 'Shocking, Unconscionable'
New York Law Journal
August 29, 2006