WHAT LAWYERS DO FOR GOVERNMENT
An analysis to determine the similarities between the modus operandi of
the Florida Bar and organized crime utilizing a series of articles from
the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel on government lawyer legal fees.
The article herein is from the 1/7/98, electronic edition of the Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, Sun-Sentinel.
- WHO WORKS
- IN-HOUSE: Lawyers hired as employees by local government. They are
paid an annual salary and benefits.
- CONTRACT FIRMS: Private lawyers who are employed by outside firms and
also serve as attorneys for cities. Cities pay them a set amount each year
to do the same thing as in-house lawyers. In addition, they bill an hourly
rate for work beyond their retainer.
- SPECIALISTS: Outside law firms are often hired case-by-case. Rates
range from $100 to $300 an hour for attorneys.
- WHAT THEY DO
- IN-HOUSE: Lawyers attend meetings and provide legal opinions to
elected officials and other governmental boards. They also write contracts
and deal with personnel problems.
- CONTRACT FIRMS: They handle the same work as in-house lawyers, but in
addition they do specialty work, such as defending lawsuits and handling
- SPECIALISTS: These firms specialize in such fields as litigation,
labor negotiations and bond work.
- Sun-Sentinel Copyright (c) 1998, Sun-Sentinel Company and South
Florida Interactive, Inc.
This Web page is one in a SERIES OF WEB PAGES
examining the modus operandi of the Florida Bar.
The home page of this Web site is entitled LEGAL
REFORM THROUGH TRANSFORMING THE DISCIPLINE OF LAW INTO A SCIENCE