A Manhattan appellate court has ruled that a lawyer who was unfamiliar with the law of a particular case and who performed mostly nonlegal work on it is nonetheless entitled to share in an almost $3 million attorney fee.

In 1995, lawyer Peretz Amir brought an employment discrimination matter to the firm then known as Easton & Echtman. After the matter settled in 1998 for $2.88 million, Amir claimed he was entitled to a one-third share as a “member” of the firm. But the firm, headed by Irwin Echtman, refused on the grounds that Amir had not worked on the case.