Judge authorizes $793,000 in payments to legal fee examiners in Puerto Rico bankruptcy
SAN JUAN – U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain on Wednesday authorized the payment of more than $793,000 to the individuals in charge of verifying fees charged by lawyers and other professionals in Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy proceedings.
Judge Swain authorized payment of $787,816 in legal fees and $5,195 in interim reimbursement to fee examiner Brady Williamson and his counsel, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
The payments are for work performed in a seven-month period, from Oct. 6, 2017, to March 31, 2017.
The payments were authorized even though Judge Swain had asked lawyers in March for moderation with their legal fees because Puerto Rico cannot afford them. Fees had surpassed the $75 million mark. She established rules to try to control their amounts.
Williamson was hired to work as fee examiner in October 2017 and Godfrey & Kahn in December 2017.