Let's not even talk about the $500 per hour part
I’m tired of thinking about the brief I’m supposed to be writing, so here are some interesting facts from the case:
- Number of years this has been in litigation: 11
- Number of courts that have been involved: 6 (TX probate, LA probate, CA bankruptcy, CA district, 9th Circuit, Supreme Court.)
- Number of published decisions rendered by these courts: 13
- Number of years since any of Anna Nicole’s lawyers have been paid: 10
- Number of lawyers working on the Anna Nicole team nearly full-time: 3?
- Average hourly rate for a partner in a law firm in CA: $500/hour
- Number of hours a partner could spend working on a case like this in a year: 1500?
- Extrapolating, amount Anna Nicole owes to her lawyers at these rates: $22.5 million
- Amount of original bankruptcy judgment in Anna Nicole’s favor: $449 million
- Amount of district court judgment in Anna Nicole’s favor: $44 million.
- Amount of 9th Circuit court judgment in Anna Nicole’s favor: $0.
Is it just me, or should her lawyers be really worried right about now? After all, this case arose out of bankruptcy proceedings- if she doesn’t win in the Supreme Court, they’re going to be eating just a HUGE legal bill.