“When he took on Dick Heller’s case, it likely seemed like a lost cause. A good cause, perhaps, but an uphill fight the whole way. Up the steepest hill you can find. The steepest hill that never ends. Yet Alan Gura took it on, and because he did, the Supreme Court reversed its view of the Second Amendment to the Constitution, restoring it to a fundamental right, in District of Columbia v. Heller.
For his efforts, District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan smacked him. From the Blog of Legal Times:
It took six years for the attorneys for Dick Heller to win the D.C. resident, and all Washington residents, the right to possess handguns in their homes. The U.S. Supreme Court made its landmark decision in District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008.
It’s taken another three years for those attorneys, after a lengthy court fight with the District of Columbia, to be awarded their attorney fees.
In a ruling released Friday, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington awarded Heller’s attorneys, led by Alan Gura of Alexandria, Va.’s Gura & Possessky, just over $1.1 million, about one-third of what they had requested.
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