Breaking its longstanding relationship with the Bridgeport-based firm Durant, Nichols, Houston, Hodgson & Cortese-Costa, the Board of Education is crafting a request for qualifications for legal services such as personnel and labor negotiations, a large-ticket item that could represent millions of dollars over several years. City Attorney Mark Anastasi wants to be part of the process. He’s in charge of hiring outside legal counsel on city side spending. The city spends millions each year on outside legal costs, even with a City Attorney lawyer staff of a dozen or so.
Anastasi also understands the politics of hiring a law firm whose legal members can help finance various political campaigns, with Mayor Bill Finch’s reelection in 2015.
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“It is not just what you spend but how much you get in quality of service,” said City Attorney Mark Anastasi.
Anastasi told the board the city would like very much to be part of the process. He suggested the board should also make sure they get a firm that will charge only for work done and not require a minimum. He also recommended they build an exit clause into their contract with the firm.
“I suspect there is going to be significant competition vying for the work,” Anastasi said.
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