Imus Hires High-Profile Lawyer
April 23, 2007 at 9:03 AM (PT)
BUSINESSWEEK reports DON IMUS has hired renowned attorney MARTIN GARBUS.
GARBUS, a partner in the MANHATTAN law firm DAVIS & GILBERT, confirmed to BUSINESSWEEK on APRIL 20 that IMUS has retained his services, but he declined to discuss why. GARBUS also declined to discuss whether IMUS was plotting any legal action against his former employers at CBS and MSNBC. A brief sentence on GARBUS' personal blog late FRIDAY afternoon noted that GARBUS "represents DON IMUS in a dispute with CBS" -- a sentence that was later removed from the blog.
A ferocious litigator who has received numerous media citations as one of AMERICA's leading trial lawyers, GARBUS has represented clients as diverse as comic LENNY BRUCE, NEW YORK CITY Mayor MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, NANCY REAGAN, and pioneering rap group PUBLIC ENEMY.
A CBS spokeswoman declined to comment on the matter. But IMUS recently signed a five-year deal with CBS, which was set to pay him just shy of $10 million annually. The company's abrupt dismissal of its high-profile star also has led to speculation in the press about what his departure will mean to the company. A spokesman for MSNBC also declined to comment.