US Bankruptcy Watch Says Law Firm NRA Has ‘Disqualifying Disputes’
The Department of Justice bankruptcy monitor wants leading attorneys for the National Rifle Association not allowed to represent the gun rights group in its Chapter 11 case, citing “disqualifying disputes” and previous allegations of billing irregularities.
Brewer Attorneys & Counselors, a law firm that has represented the NRA in legal and administrative proceedings across the country, is not fit to be part of the court-supervised team of lawyers handling the bankruptcy of the gun group, according to a filing Tuesday by the U.S. Trustee, which oversees bankruptcy courts for the U.S. government.
In addition to the NRA itself, the Brewer company has also represented Wayne LaPierre, the group’s CEO and a prime target in the litigation brought by the New York attorney general alleging rampant financial mischief.
Mr. LaPierre is now represented separately, according to an NRA spokesperson. But Mr LaPierre’s previous relationship with the Brewer Company makes it “very unlikely” that as an attorney for the NRA, the Brewer Company will consider or defend any claims the group may have against him, the US trustee said. .
“The statements in this legal brief, like others, reflect an ill-informed view of the Brewer company, its billings, and its advocacy for the NRA,” said Charles L. Cotton, senior vice president of the NRA. “I and all the leaders fully support the work accomplished by the firm, the results obtained and the value of its services. As we said before, this relationship has been reviewed, verified and approved, ”he said.