Legal bill for defending DoMA triples

by on October 6, 2011  •  In Congress, DoMA

Bancroft PLLC, the law firm retained to represent House Republicans in defending the constitutionality of DoMA, has renegotiated its contract. Paul Clement and his then firm King & Spaulding initially agreed to do the job for fees of up to $500,000. (Clement left that firm last April after it pulled out of the case.) The new contract allows for reimbursement of up to $1.5 million. Apparently even the decision to concede DoMA challenges in Bankruptcy Courts isn't keeping the costs down enough to get by on half a mil. According to The Blade:

The U.S. House has tripled the cost cap for the legal expenses of hiring a private attorney to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court to reach a potential total sum of $1.5 million.

According to recently approved contract modification dated Sept. 30, House General Counsel Kerry Kircher has agreed to pay Bancroft LLC private attorney Paul Clement a sum not to exceed $750,000 to defend DOMA, but this cap may be raised to $1.5 million under written notice.

“It is further understood and agreed that, effective October 1, 2011, the aforementioned $750,000.00 cap may be raised from time to time up to, but not exceeding, $1.5 million, upon written notice of the General Counsel to the Contractor specifying that the General Counsel is legally liable under this Agreement for a specific amount,” the contract modification states.

The contract modification is signed by Committee of House Administration Chair Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) as well as Kircher and Clement.

Bancroft itself is keeping a low profile regarding its DoMA defense work, which is not mentioned either in the "significant matters" portion of its webpage or as part of Clement's bio.


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