MIAMI — A Florida attorney is embroiled in a dispute over
payment for legal services provided to a now-deceased NFL
Steve Marks, a lawyer with Podhurst Orseck in
Miami, represented Kevin Turner, a running back who played for
Philadelphia and New England, during the NFL's concussion lawsuit
that resulted in a settlement of approximately $1 billion for more than 4,500
plaintiffs, according to the New
York Daily News. Marks has made claims he is
entitled to a piece of his estate settlement and past-due attorney's
"To date, our firm has invested thousands of hours and
hundreds of thousands of dollars in this litigation, but has not
received a single penny in compensation,” Marks told the Florida
Turner died in 2016 from amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis. Since then, there has been a large estate battle. With
the Turner estate comes a large sum of money, some of which Marks
expects to be paid, as noted
by the New York Daily News.
The class-action motion filed on Dec.
14 in the Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania by Robert Penza, one
of Turner's estate lawyers, is asking the judge to review the
settlement benefits and make sure no one is double paid, the New York
Daily News reported.
Marks said they "proudly
represented Kevin Turner for more than four years, and that during
that time we devoted extensive time and resources to his individual
"At the proper time, we will seek only a fair and
appropriate fee for our work on behalf of both the class and our
clients' individual cases,” Marks said.
Judge Anita Brody is
expected to look over the motion early this year.
Marks was one
of six attorneys who were class counsel in the concussion lawsuit and
was entitled to a share of an attorneys' fees settlement fund
negotiated as part of the overall settlement. Turner was a class
representative when many concussion-related lawsuits against the NFL
"Under no circumstances will we seek a double fee; that will
never happen,” Marks said.
"In addition, as class counsel, our firm worked tirelessly
for the common benefit of the class, which included all retired NFL
players,” he added. “Indeed, if the case had been dismissed or
ended with a defense verdict, instead of this landmark settlement, we
would have received nothing.”
Marks said he is confident the issue will be properly
Penza and his firm, Polsinelli, are working pro bono on
the case, the New York Daily News reported. Raymond Turner, Kevin's
father, told the Daily News that Kevin said to him the NFL would pay
Marks and that he didn't want Marks to get anything from him.
"We're not giving (Marks) a dime. Kevin is not even going to
get to see the result of this, but (his) kids are, and I want them to
have what he wanted them to have. I don't feel good about paying
(Marks) again," Raymond Turner said.