The public can be confident that there are competent attorneys working on the city’s behalf regardless of the relationship between the City of Springfield’s Corporation Council and the law firm that is defending the city in workers’ compensation cases, according to Corporation Council Mark Cullen.
An ordinance placed on the debate agenda would accept and agreement to give $150,000 dollars, split between two law firms, to handle the legal work necessary for workers’ compensation claims. One of the law firms is Sorling, Northrup, Hanna, Cullen and Cochran LTD. Along with the other firm, Livingstone, Mueller, O’Brien & Davlin, the contracts were not up for bid because they are considered a professional service contract. Cullen, the city’s corporation council, says the public shouldn’t worry that his former law firm got a no bid contract to work for the city.
During Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, the Springfield City Council placed around $245,000 of workers’ compensation claims on the consent agenda. Cullen says that the attorneys defend the city in these cases at a fee of $150 an hour