Asbestos, bankruptcy lawyers top Biden contributors

Steve Korris Oct. 16, 2008, 11:00am


Asbestos litigation usually lands hefty fees for plaintiff lawyers and bankruptcy lawyers, and both groups lavishly support Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, 12 of the top 13 contributors to Biden's current campaign for a sixth term as Delaware senator are in the practice of asbestos or bankruptcy law.

Beaumont's Reaud, Morgan & Quinn and Dallas firm Baron & Budd made the list of Biden donors.

Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl and Jones of Wilmington, Del., third on Biden's list of contributors, represents W. R. Grace and Company in a bankruptcy that the two at the top of the list, SimmonsCooper of East Alton, Ill., and Peter Angelos of Baltimore, Md., helped to bring about.

The New York City firm of Weil, Gotshal and Manges, in the No. 5 spot on Biden's list, represents Owens Corning in a bankruptcy that was brought on by asbestos lawsuits.

Contributors to Joe Biden
Contribution amounts in the table below come from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Firm – Location - Specialty – Amount

  • SimmonsCooper – East Alton, Ill. - asbestos - $196,050
  • Peter Angelos – Baltimore, Md. - asbestos – $156,250
  • Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl and Jones – Wilmington, Del. - bankruptcy - $145,625
  • Young, Conaway, Stargatt and Taylor – Wilmington, Del. – bankruptcy – $127,979
  • Weil, Gotshal and Manges – New York, N.Y. – bankruptcy – $95,450
  • Weitz and Luxenberg – New York, N.Y. – asbestos – $92,750
  • Baron and Budd – Dallas, Texas – asbestos - $92,050
  • Kreindler and Kreindler – New York, N.Y. – airplane crashes – $79,450
  • Thornton and Naumes – Boston, Mass. – asbestos – $77,100
  • Skadden Arps – New York, N.Y. – bankruptcy – $72,350
  • Grunfeld Desiderio – New York, N.Y. – bankruptcy – $62,100
  • Reaud, Morgan and Quinn – Beaumont, Texas – asbestos - $61,700
  • Cooney and Conway – Chicago, Ill. – asbestos – $60,900

    The Center for Responsive Politics does not trace all contributions to employers. It accounts only for contributors who identify employers.

    Classification of firms by specialty in the table below does not come from the Center for Responsive Politics. The Record classified firms according to its own records and Google searches.

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