Madoff Lawyers Collect $700 Million In FeesMay 6, 2013
It really does take money to make money. So far, lawyers and other consultants have racked up $701 million in fees as they work to recover the $17.5 billion lost to Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.
That’s less than half of the $1.6 billion legal tab associated with the Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy – the largest legal bill in history. But it’s a considerable sum that’s still growing as efforts to make Madoff investors whole drag on. To date, court-appointed trustee Irving Picard has collected $9.3 billion in cash and assets and repaid $5.4 billion of that to victims.
The bulk of the fees associated with the case, $384 million, have been paid to Picard’s law firm, BakerHostetler. Another $292 million has been divided among dozens of other law firms, and $25 million went to “general administrative” costs.