Erin Brockovich working for NYC law firm

September 26, 2008 7:03:19 AM PDT
The legal crusader portrayed by Julia Roberts in the Oscar-winning film "Erin Brockovich" is now working for a New York City personal injury law firm that specializes in asbestos cases.The real Erin Brockovich entered into a consulting contract with Weitz & Luxenberg, a Manhattan firm that also employs Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

She will be involved in soliciting cases and investigating claims. Brockovich told the New York Post, "I'm hands-on and they're hands-on so it will be a team effort."

Already the 48-year-old Brockovich has filmed two TV ads for the law firm seeking individuals who may have contracted lung cancer from exposure to asbestos, the Daily News reported. Brockovich also consults with a West Coast law firm, Girardi & Keese.

Roberts won an Oscar for her portrayal of the environmental activist in the 2000 movie.

The film focused on how Brockovich led a 1996 water pollution case that won residents of a small California desert town a $333 million settlement from a state utility company.

A spokesman for Silver told the News he wasn't part of any decision to hire her.