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A former litigator with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the law firm alleging that he was fired two years ago because of his age. New York attorney Robert P. Mulvey, 60, alleges that he was let go from Sonnenschein’s New York litigation practice after the law firm merged with his former firm, RubinBaum. Mulvey was working as of counsel at Sonnenschein when he allegedly was terminated. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Mulvey’s lawsuit asserts that Sonnenschein’s effort to get rid of older attorneys coming from RubinBaum after the merger prompted his firing. A spokesman for Sonnenschein said the lawsuit was meritless. “We don’t discriminate in any of our employment policies or practices, and Bob Mulvey’s allegations are baseless,” the spokesman said. Mulvey v. Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, 2008 CV 1120, specifically alleges that despite Mulvey’s “glowing reviews, promotions, raises, bonuses and outstanding performance,” he was terminated without cause after Sonnenschein’s litigation department experienced a brief decline in profits in 2006. Mulvey asserts that the decline likely was due to a “scandalous discovery” that a litigation associate had substantially overcharged an asbestos defense client. “They didn’t want a 60-year-old lawyer around,” said Mulvey’s attorney, Michael G. O’Neill in New York. He said that his client unsuccessfully tried to mediate the matter with Sonnenschein. Mulvey’s clients included the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association in a case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court. Other clients, according to the complaint, have included Andrew Lloyd Webber, Yoko Ono and Michael Bolton. O’Neill said Mulvey is entitled to about $3 million in damages.

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