Skip to comments.State pays nearly $159,000 in legal fees for two McGreevey cases
Posted on 12/17/2004 3:53:14 AM PST by kattracks
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) The state has paid nearly $159,000 in legal fees to a lawyer who represented former Gov. James E. McGreevey in two high-profile cases this year, according to a published report.
William E. Lawler III, a Washington-based defense lawyer, has received more than $71,000 for work related to claims of sexual harassment allegedly involving former aide Golan Cipel and nearly $88,000 for work on a federal corruption case involving David D'Amiano, a major Democratic fund-raiser, The Record of Bergen County reported in Friday's editions.
The fees were determined from records released Thursday by the Office of the Gov.'s Counsel after the newspaper sought them under the state's Open Public Records Act.
Lawler ordinarily bills clients $420 per hour, but he gave New Jersey a discounted rate that averaged $393.71 per hour, according to the report.
Lawler declined to discuss his bills with the newspaper, citing attorney-client privilege. He also would not say whether more bills would be forthcoming in either matter, but said he has not worked on either case for several months.
McGreevey left office on Nov. 15, three months after he announced he was gay and would resign. He also acknowledged having an extramarital affair with an unnamed man whom aides later identified as Cipel. Cipel has denied he is gay.
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Let me say one good thing about the Gov. A year ago, when I first moved to NJ, I tried to get auto insurance and the rates I was quoted were so high I retained my out-of-state registration and insurance. Luckily, I didn't get ticketed for that infraction, but now I finally buckled under and got NJ insurance and, guess what? The rate I'm paying is the same as what I was paying in my previous state. The agent credited the Gov. If that's true, I have to thank the misquided fool for at least getting one thing right.
No doubt you're a dem!
Funny how democrats never get upset on the high price of lawyers...it only seems that CEOs (who actually produce something) can not be paid anything over 3x the minimum wage...
The "State" did'nt pay anything. The voiceless tax payers paid the bill.
The tax payers of NJ should send Lawler a collective thank you note for saving them $10,600.
Sam, I just added my 17 year old son to my policy. I got the bill earlier this week. $2000...FOR SIX MONTHS!!! When it costs a young man $4000 a year for car insurance, something is wrong. How can high schoolers work part time to save money for college (while maintaining good grades and maybe even participating in baseball, basketball or football). The answer is, they can't.
I've lived in NJ my whole life (I'll be 45 next month) and I've seen Trenton become such a mess its freightening. Here in the southern part of the state is better than the north, but its getting to the point where it is becoming unaffordable for young adults. Heck, in state tuition for the College of NJ is something like $18,000.
You should switch insurance companies... and colleges.
I'm paying 360 for six months for my wife and I for auto insurance, and 4k a semester for her tuition at Rutgers.
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