Ex-Sen. Ted Stevens Paid At Least $1 Million in Legal Fees

Justice is supposed to be blind. But it sure as heck doesn’t hurt to get some high-paid attorneys to make sure justice has 20-20 vision. Ex-Sen. Ted Stevens apparently doled out the cash for his defense, and in the end it paid off.

Ex-Sen. Ted Stevens during his last campaign
Ex-Sen. Ted Stevens during his last campaign

Mike Scarcella
The National Law Journal

Nobody’s ever said Ted Stevens’ defense team would come cheap. Stevens paid his lawyers at Williams & Connolly between $1 million and $5 million, according to a financial disclosure report the former Alaska senator filed this month with the Senate Ethics Committee.

Williams & Connolly partner Brendan Sullivan Jr. won the Stevens case after a jury handed him a loss back in October. Several other partners, including Rob Cary, Alex Romaine and Craig Singer, were counsel of record in the case. At least several associates, including Beth Stewart, were part of the team.

Stevens also includes in the disclosure report that he spent between $50,000 and $100,000 on attorney fees at Utrecht & Phillips, which formed after the split up of Ryan, Phillips, Utrecht & MacKinnon. William Phillips and Carolyn Utrecht were not immediately reached for comment Friday.

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