SAN FRANCISCO — A bankruptcy judge signed off Monday on the Heller Ehrman estate’s settlement with Covington & Burling and a former Heller client. But a dispute over $3 million in commission fees allegedly owed to CB Richard Ellis over the dissolved firm’s New York office appears to be headed for trial this fall.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali of San Francisco approved the Heller estate’s $8.5 million settlement with former Heller partners now at Covington, the Covington firm itself and a former Heller client who had a related dispute.