Sneed: The Smollett wallet …

By Staff | August 9, 2019

Published at Chicago Sun-Times, August 6, 2019

Actor Jussie Smollett’s new Chicago lawyer, William J. Quinlan, who just filed a motion moving the actor’s Chicago lawsuit to federal court involving police investigation fees for an alleged hate crime, tells Sneed his legal fees will help in his effort to do pro bono (unsalaried) work for a Chicago friend.

It involves the controversial case of Dr. Michael Beyer, a well respected Ogden International School principal accused by the Board of Education’s inspector general of falsifying attendance records. Beyer was subsequently removed —but not yet terminated — by the Chicago Public Schools.

“Beyer, whose suspension has been vehemently protested by parents and the local school council, is suing the district for due process violations and is awaiting an arbitration hearing,” said Quinlan, who feels the controversy actually revolves around children of diplomats attending the school who need to travel with their parents.

“My son went to Ogden, where Dr. Beyer was a terrific principal,” claims Quinlan, who has represented celebs Nicky Hilton, heiress to the Hilton Hotel fortune; George Maloof, former owner of the Sacramento Kings NBA team—whose sister Adrienne Maloof is a former star of the reality series “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”; and Alejandra Nash,during her divorce from former Phoenix Suns hoopster Steve Nash.

“Look, the Smollett case belongs in federal court because the financial dispute is more than $75,000 and Smollett lives in California — not Chicago,” added Quinlan, who said the case was assigned to federal Judge Virginia Kendall.

“One of the reasons to take high-profile celeb cases like Smollett is because it gives lawyers the opportunity to do pro-bono work,” he said. “And I feel Dr. Beyer’s case falls into that category.”

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