My lawyer friend looked over some files and concluded that NRA’s bankruptcy law firm was “running the clock,” artificially inflating the hours that it could bill to its client.
He said, “there’s a simple way to see that. Who did they send to defend on a deposition? That is, a deposition of your client by the other side. There’s very little the defending attorney can do in that situation. All your usual objections — hearsay, leading the witness, relevance, and so on — you’re not allowed to make. All you have to do is make sure the other side doesn’t get into attorney-client privilege, and asks questions in the proper form (not a compound question, where it’s really two questions). An experienced attorney can do that in his sleep.”
“You only need one attorney for that. If more than one shows up, they’re running the clock, sending in two persons so both can bill their time to the client.”
H’e looked at the deposition of John Frazer, NRA’s General Counsel and Secretary. “They sent FOUR attorneys! What do you need four attorneys for? I’d bet that on every one of those Zoom hearings on the motion to dismiss, they also had four attorneys listening in, and billing.”