Doyle, Barlow and Mazard PLLC represents John W. Boyd, Jr. in a lawsuit seeking reasonable compensation for the time, effort and resources Mr. Boyd expended on the behalf and with full knowledge of Washington DC law firm Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton, LLP and Washington DC lawyer Dennis M. Gingold.
Kilpatrick Townsend and Mr. Gingold represented Native Americans in a case against the United States Department of the Interior that sought damages for the mismanagement of Native American trust assets that was resolved in December 2009 with a settlement agreement. Mr. Boyd was retained by Kilpatrick Townsend and Mr. Gingold in early 2010 to advocate on behalf of Kilpatrick Townsend and Mr. Gingold for congressional appropriations needed to fund the settlement.
Mr. Boyd’s lawsuit alleges that Kilpatrick Townsend and Mr. Gingold recruited, encouraged and directed Mr. Boyd to work on their behalf and that they refused and continue to refuse to reasonably compensate Mr. Boyd for his efforts.
Mr. Boyd’s lawsuit also alleges that Kilpatrick Townsend and Mr. Gingold were unjustly enriched because they received their legal fees only as a result of Mr. Boyd’s efforts in passing the Claims Resolution Act of 2010 (“CRA”) that provided the money to fund the settlement. Without Mr. Boyd’s efforts in getting the CRA passed, Kilpatrick Townsend and Mr. Gingold would not have obtained $3.4 billion that funded the settlement and rewarded Kilpatrick Townsend and Mr. Gingold $99 million in legal fees.
Mr. Boyd is a well-respected national figure. He traveled for well over 20 years on a regular basis from his farm in southern Virginia to our Nation’s Capital on behalf of the National Black Farmers Association to promote the rights of black and other minority farmers. Mr. Boyd established his unique value as an advocate on behalf of his constituents based on the number, strength, and quality of his political relationships he cultivated over many years. Kilpatrick Townsend and Mr. Gingold were fully aware of Mr. Boyd’s sterling reputation when he was recruited and retained by them.
After he was approached, encouraged, recruited, and retained by Kilpatrick Townsend and Mr. Gingold, Mr. Boyd worked tirelessly from at least December 2009 until the CRA was passed in November 2010 and signed into law by President Obama in December of the same year. At the request of Kilpatrick Townsend and Mr. Gingold, Mr. Boyd met with the senior advisors at the White House and with members of the United States House and Senate to promote the passage of the CRA bill. Mr. Boyd made multiple public statements, participated in television and radio broadcasts, issued press releases and organized rallies to promote the passage of the CRA.
Kilpatrick Townsend and Mr. Gingold came to Mr. Boyd because of his reputation and relationships, which provided him with the ability to work with and gain access to key decision makers from both political parties on Capitol Hill and senior staff at the White House. Without Mr. Boyd’s exhaustive efforts, the settlement would not have been funded. Most importantly, without Mr. Boyd, Kilpatrick Townsend and Mr. Gingold would not have realized their $99 million payday.