A bankruptcy judge early this week halted an attempt by an ex-executive for Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP to shoot down a lawsuit he owed the now-defunct law firm creditors for $9.3 million.
The bankruptcy trustee for Dewey a few months back sued the former CEO, Dennis D’Alessandro, seeking to bring back over $9 million in salary, bonuses, and other compensation he acquired from 2008 until the Dewey’s collapse in 2012.
The suit aims to retract the funds on the grounds that payments were transacted Dewey was unable to cater to other monetary responsibilities.
D’Alessandro disagreed, saying the suit should be thrown out since was never an “insider” of the law firm and that he was paid in the ordinary business exchange for his work as an employee of Dewey.
Martin Glen, a Manhattan judge took note of D’Alessandro’s defenses and still wanted the suit to continue.
Barry Pollack, D’Alessandro’s lawyer, said his client was a noteworthy employee and believes his defenses will ultimately lead to a victory.