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More lawyers are jumping into the bankruptcy of the Los Angeles Dodgers while Dewey & LeBoeuf, lead counsel to the storied baseball team, reported that it received $293,000 to prepare the Chapter 11 filing. The Dodgers filed on June 27 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Owner Frank McCourt is fighting to keep the team afloat after Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig began investigating the team’s finances. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for July 7. At the time of the filing, Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Bruce Bennett and Sidney Levinson had been retained as lead counsel to the Dodgers. Since then, the firm has named additional lawyers, according to bankruptcy filings: Partners Martin Bienenstock and Philip Abelson, both in New York, and Joshua Mester, in Los Angeles. Associates Jason Wolf and Alek Strygin, both in Los Angeles, also joined. In a July 1 filing, Dewey & LeBoeuf said that the McCourt Group LLC, an affiliate of the Dodgers, paid $325,000 in retainers in June, of which $32,000 went to Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, the Wilmington, Del., firm serving as local counsel to the Dodgers. Dewey & LeBoeuf said that the “fees and expenses” related to the filing’s preparation exceeded its retainer by $59,000 but that the firm would waive payment on that amount. Going forward, the firm said, hourly rates for lawyers involved in the bankruptcy would range between $385 for lower level associates and $1,200 for top partners. In the meantime, additional lawyers have stepped into the bankruptcy fray. For Major League Baseball, Thomas Lauria, head of the financial restructuring and insolvency group at White & Case, has been joined by partners Glenn Kurtz and John Cunningham of White & Case; Mark Thomas, Bradley Ruskin and Jeffrey Levitan, all partners, and Jeremy Stillings, an associate, at Proskauer Rose; and Jeffrey Schlerf and Eric Sutty, partners, and John Bird, an associate, at Fox Rothschild. Others lawyers represent creditors. Susan Kaufman, an associate at Cooch and Taylor in Wilmington, Del., and Richard Seltzer and Babette Ceccotti, both partners at New York’s Cohen, Weiss and Simon, are representing creditors Major League Baseball Players Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and its health and retirement funds. Representing creditor and broadcaster Fox Sports Net West 2 LLC is Paul Laurin of Los Angeles-based Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff Inc. Pyro Spectaculars Inc., based in Rialto, Calif., which has put on fireworks shows at Dodger Stadium, is represented by Donna Harris and Kevin Capuzzi of Wilmington, Del.-based Pinckney, Harris & Weidinger. Facility Merchandising Inc., another creditor in Woodland Hills, Calif., has retained Arthur Rosenberg and Barbra Parlin of Holland & Knight, as well as Jami Nimeroff of Brown Stone Nimeroff in Philadelphia. Jamie McCourt, Frank McCourt’s ex-wife, who is battling for half ownership of the Dodgers in a divorce proceeding in Los Angeles County, Calif., Superior Court, is represented in the bankruptcy by Laura Davis Jones and Timothy Cairns of Los Angeles-based Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones. Highbridge Principal Strategies LLC, an investment firm providing short-term financing to meet the team’s payroll, has retained Gary Kaplan, a partner, and Richard Tisdale, an associate, of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, as well as director Michael Merchant and associate Mark Collins of Richards, Layton & Finger in Wilmington, Del. Clifford Chance’s Jason Young and Rick Antonoff are representing Syncora Guarantee Inc., a New York-based subsidiary of Syncora Holdings Ltd. that provides financial guarantee insurance on debt obligations of issuers. Amanda Bronstad can be contacted at [email protected] .

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