Not necessarily. I am not aware of any news on the retainer agreement. Non-attorneys have this impression due to the commercials on legal representation for accidents, etc., it is always a third. See the NYSBA rule 1.5 on fees. The state prosecuted Ashkar. This was not a multiteam litigation that went on for months, involving massive discovery, expert witnesses, etc. The lottery officials did most of the background work.
Hopefully his counsel fees did not exceed $ 200,000 to 400,000. I am sure Miles attorney attended the trial when Miles testified, went with him to any meetings pretrial, and did some hand holding but he was not a co-counsel or responsible for litigating the criminal matter. The state litigated.