Asbestos litigation usually lands hefty fees for plaintiff lawyers and bankruptcy lawyers, and both groups lavishly support Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden.SimmonsCooper – East Alton, Ill. - asbestos - $196,050
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
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.