Edmonds City Council Tuesday to consider contract renewal with Lighthouse law firm

Whether the City of Edmonds should stay with its current contracted City Attorney — Lighthouse Law Group — or look at other options such as hiring an in-house attorney will be a main topic for discussion during this Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

When the Lighthouse Law Group signed a four-year contract with the City of Edmonds in 2011, it agreed to provide City Attorney services for a flat rate of $32,000, with no adjustments. The Lighthouse contract will be up for renewal at the end of 2014, and the firm is now asking for a 28 percent fee increase — to $41,000 monthly starting in 2015, with a 7 percent increase each year after that.

You can read a summary of the issue in the June 3 council agenda packet here.

Also on the council agenda, which starts at 6 p.m. with an executive session to discuss collective bargaining, will be continued discussion about the hiring of a communications consultant. You can read that background here.

The regular meeting, which starts at 7 p.m., will be in the Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N., Edmonds.

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4 Comments

  1. Our Council has available to them the important facts to compare the performance of Lighthouse especially as compared to the previous law firm, Have we not been better off with Lighthouse, not only in basic cost, but also in the amount of litigation and number of acrimonious conflicts?

    I believe the choice of Lighthouse along with the attitudes of our current Mayor and Council is responsible for a large improvement.

  2. Hello ! I believe those figures are not correct. At least the quoted fees must be monthly, not annual. Perhaps there’s a typo or a rounding error ?

    • You are correct Steve; the figures are monthly.

  3. Thanks for the correction. It’s been fixed.

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