Lawyers recovering funds for theft victims request $315K for fees

Lawyers working to recover money for the victims of disgraced attorney Robert Graham want more than half of the funds the trustee has on hand for legal fees, records show.

On Feb. 9, Las Vegas attorney Jacob Houmand and his associates filed a request to the court for nearly $316,000 in fees and expenses for work on the case since 2016. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Bruce T. Beesley is scheduled to review the filings March 9, records show.

The trustee is holding $528,000, the filing says, adding the trustee will have collected $807,106.78 over the whole case.

But UNLV law professor Nancy B. Rapoport, who has reviewed fees for several bankruptcy courts in other cases, said victims can ask the court to reject any fees they believe are unreasonable. After reviewing the detailed billings at the Review-Journal’s request, Rapoport was concerned that some of the items that the lawyers billed for may not be necessary.