The landlord of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Washington office space is suing the embattled firm for $927,000 in back pay, according to court documents.
The civil suit, filed Monday in D.C. Superior Court by 1101 New York Holdings LLC is seeking back rent, utility fees, operating expenses, attorney fees and late fees, among others. It cites Dewey’s monthly rent at slightly greater than $550,000 a month for its office located at 1101 New York Avenue N.W.
The amount due is for expenses dated February 1 through May 12. According to the filing, the landlord is seeking to wrestle control of its 140,000 square-foot office space back from the firm.
A hearing is scheduled for June 4, during which time both parties are expected to be in court. The property owners declined to comment. Dewey did not return requests for comment.
In the past few months, the firm has seen the departure of most of its partners and attorneys. Support staff have been laid off and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is investigating possible wrongdoing. Yesterday, it was announced that the last partner in Dewey’s four-person office of the chairman, L. Charles Landgraf, left for Arnold & Porter.
Twenty partners based in Washington, including Landgraf, have left the firm since March, according to data compiled by Am Law Daily. Dewey’s website lists 31 attorneys in the Washington office, although most have already decamped for other firms.