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The New Yorker: Lawyer for Martin Shkreli Hikes Fees Five Thousand Percent

December 17, 2015 | Posted in : Hourly Rates

A recent humor piece in The New Yorker, “Lawyer for Martin Shkreli Hikes Fees Five Thousand Percent,” New York Times best-selling author Andy Borowitz writes about the recent arrest of Martin Shkreli.  He writes:

A criminal lawyer representing Turing Pharmaceuticals chief Martin Shkreli has informed his client that he is raising his hourly legal fees by five thousand per cent, the lawyer has confirmed.

Minutes after Shkreli’s arrest on charges of securities fraud, the attorney, Harland Dorrinson, announced that he was hiking his fees from twelve hundred dollars an hour to sixty thousand dollars.

Shkreli, who reportedly received the news about the price hike while he was being fingerprinted, cried foul and accused his attorney of “outrageous and inhumane price gouging.”

“This is the behavior of a sociopath,” Shkreli was heard screaming.

For his part, Shkreli’s lawyer was unmoved by his client’s complaint.  “Compared to what he pays for an hour of Wu-Tang Clan, sixty thou is a bargain,” he said.