City hires outside counsel to help with federal investigation

By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 27, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The City of Tallahassee is seeking the help of outside counsel in dealing with a federal investigation into development deals.

Under a contract dated July 10, Ausley McMullen will provide legal services to the City of Tallahassee. The document was signed by City Attorney Lew Shelley and Pamela Marsh, a shareholder with Ausley McMullen.

The agreement states, "The Attorney shall consult with and advise the Office of the City Attorney with respect to a federal investigation. The Attorney shall render such professional services as may be specifically requested by the City, from time to time, to the extent the same are within this Scope of Services and shall include all services reasonably required to provide informed legal advice to the City in such regard."

According to the contract, the City will pay upwards of $380 per hour of service, depending on who works on the case. The rate for law clerks and paralegals is $80 per hour, the rate for associates is $210 per hour and the rate for shareholders is $380 per hour.

Attorney Pamela Marsh, who is a shareholder, will have primary responsibility in carrying out the agreement for the law firm.

The contract is for an indefinite period of time.

The agreement comes about a month after the City of Tallahassee and Community Redevelopment Agency were issued federal subpoenas requesting thousands of documents related to development deals in Tallahassee.

WCTV has reached out to the City Attorney's Office and is waiting for a response.

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