Legal services proposals reveal previously unknown details

Photo courtesy of City of HemetHemet City Attorney Eric Vail. ■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor Despite a rush by 13 law firms to serve Hemet’s legal needs going forward, the city decided to re-sign its longtime partner, Burke, Williams and Sorensen and attorney Eric Vail, to a retainer of $32,500 a month. The city of Hemet requested proposals for general counsel services in May 2017. The newspaper submitted a California Public Records Act request for all legal services proposals. Multiple firms came in with lower bids than Burke’s monthly retainer, one as low as $21,500 per month. Some firms addressed their ability to significantly reduce litigation matters and the

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