One brave former Heller associate tookto the podium in front of Judge Dennis Montali on Thursday, demanding a clearer liquidation plan and questioning the $1 million fee proposed for the employees’ lawyers at Blum Collins.

At a hearing on the employees’ $19 million proposed settlement in the bankruptcy, David Simon’s voice quavered slightly as he began to speak to a courtroom full of experienced bankruptcy attorneys and litigators and to a judge well-known for his intelligence and wit.