Georgia spent $33 million on outside lawyers

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ATLANTA -- Georgia spent $33 million on private attorneys during the last 12 months, according to figures released today by Attorney General Sam Olens.

As a candidate last year, Olens pledged quarterly releases of the total spent on outside attorneys and began the practice once he took office in January.

“They are typically retained to handle cases where the Attorney General’s Office has insufficient staff attorneys to handle the caseload,” said Lauren Kane, spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office. “These are often cases, such as child support or deprivation, in which hearings are held in all 159 counties or instances that involve a specialized practice area in which it is not economical to keep a specialist on staff at the Attorney General’s Office.”

Not all of the contract lawyers were working on children’s cases in rural Georgia. The largest check, $2.16 million, went to Los Angeles lawyer Simon Santiago.

No other fees topped $700,000, but some of the biggest went to lawyers in Atlanta, like the $665,000 going to Mark Cohen who defended the state’s voter-ID law, and Clay Long who got $479,000 for representing the state in the tri-state water litigation.

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Taylor B
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Taylor B 07/14/11 - 03:16 pm
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Just wait until HB87 is

Just wait until HB87 is challenged...

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/14/11 - 07:13 pm
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Speaking of the payment of

Speaking of the payment of taxpayer funds to attorneys outside government employment, how much do the RCBOE and the CCBOE pay Leonard O. Fletcher, Jr. each year? How much has been paid to LOF,J in the 39 years he has collected attorneys' fees from the RCBOE?

The size of the annual attorneys' fees paid Fletcher and his firm is apparently sufficient to pay for two law offices- one downtown and the other on Walton Way Ext.

How much of the RCBOE legal work does Fletcher, Harley and Fletcher farm out to minority firms?

Am I offending anybody?

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