Saturday, September 2, 2006
She wants her $2M back; 9/11 widow whose lawyer won her award of $6.7M now says his one-third fee was greedy and excessive
Article yesterday in New York's Newsday -- She wants her $2M back; 9/11 widow whose lawyer won her award of $6.7M now says his one-third fee was greedy and excessive, by Alfonso A. Castillo:
After losing her husband in the World Trade Center attacks, Laura Balemian turned
to a Huntington lawyer to help her assure financial security for her children.
The lawyer, Thomas Troiano, 62, helped her get that security with an award of
$6.7 million. But in the end, Troiano collected the highest legal fee of any attorney
representing a 9/11 family trying to collect from a federal compensation fund, officials
say. In fact, at $2.2 million, he received more than most of 7,300 victims' families
Now, years after agreeing to pay the fee, Balemian wants her money back.