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Former Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison Chairman Tower Snow Jr. has been sued for $2.7 million by the trustee of the bankrupt Brobeck estate. As of Monday, Snow was among 224 former Brobeck partners to be hit with individual complaints by trustee Ronald Greenspan. The suits demand that partners pay back distributions they received in 2001 and 2002, when Greenspan says Brobeck was insolvent, as well as 2002 bonuses, capital that had been returned to them, and, in some cases, recourse debt. Greenspan claims Snow should pay back $2 million he received in 2001 distributions, $503,000 in 2002 distributions plus $237,000 of capital that was returned to him after he left Brobeck in 2002. Former corporate rainmaker Warren Lazarow is on the hook for the most money, $3.1 million. Following him are John Hilson, former managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office, whom Greenspan claims owes the estate $3.07 million; litigator Steven Zager, hit up for $2.93 million; and intellectual property rainmaker Douglas Olson, on the hook for $2.88 million. Lazarow and Olson were on Brobeck’s policy committee, which decided to disband the firm in January 2003. Greenspan had extended a settlement offer to each partner, which he said was “a small fraction” of the amount of liability he laid out in his complaints. The first deadline for accepting the offer is Jan. 31. Also of note in Brobeck’s bankruptcy proceedings, Baxter International Inc., which was one of the firm’s biggest clients, has sold its $655,716 claim against Brobeck to Revenue Management Corp., a company that buys bad debt.

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