The legal team from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges that ultimately won recognition of New York Gov. David A. Paterson’s authority to appoint Richard Ravitch to fill the lieutenant governor’s post has requested $1 million for its work on the case.
Paterson’s spokesman, Peter Kaufman, said Friday that the request for the $1 million payment by the governor’s chief counsel, Peter Kiernan, was filed with the state comptroller’s office on behalf of Quinn Emanuel and its attorneys Kathleen M. Sullivan, Faith E. Gay and Robert Juman. In it, Kiernan said that Quinn Emanuel had “unique experience, expertise and capacity” to handle the complex case and the constitutional questions involved in it. The request does not detail the hours worked by individual lawyers or others, but said 23 “professionals” worked “around the clock” between July 7 and Sept. 22 to meet court deadlines and prepare the litigation, Kiernan said.
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