The Forward
January 13, 2006

The most respected legal strategist in the Swiss bank dispute has come under attack from other lawyers after requesting more than $4 million in fees — a sum that would make him the highest paid attorney to work on the case.

The lawyer making the request, New York University law professor Burt Neuborne, gained respect and prominence for refusing to take any fees for his work in achieving the $1.25 billion settlement in 1998 with the Swiss banks accused of withholding Holocaust-era deposits. More than a dozen lawyers litigated the case, several of whom told the Forward that they assumed Neuborne had continued to work pro bono.