Sidley Austin’s lawyers are seeking $1.2 million in fees and $44,700 in expenses for bankruptcy work in May for Tribune Co., according to a court filing yesterday.
Sidley, which acts as lead law firm to the newspaper and television company in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware, was told by a judge in February its partners may collect as much as $925 an hour from the company, instead of the firm’s highest published fee of $1,100.
Sidley litigation partner Michael Doss billed the bankrupt company about $74,597 for 109 hours worked in May at $685 an hour. The second-biggest bill was submitted by corporate partner Larry Barden, who sought $9,983 for about 12 hours at $825 each.
Sidley partner James Conlan didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.
Tribune, owner of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Cubs baseball team, filed for bankruptcy in December, blaming a large debt load and a drop in advertising.
The case is In re Tribune Co., 08-13141, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).
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