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File #: 19-0919   
Type: Report to Council Status: Passed
Meeting Body: City Council
On agenda: 9/10/2019
Title: Approve the Third Amendment to Outside Counsel Agreement with Liebert Cassidy Whitmore for General Employment Advice
Attachments: 1. Third Amendment to Outside Counsel Agreement Liebert Cassidy
REPORT TO COUNCIL

SUBJECT
Title
Approve the Third Amendment to Outside Counsel Agreement with Liebert Cassidy Whitmore for General Employment Advice

Report
REPORT IN BRIEF
Approval is requested for a Third Amendment to the Outside Counsel Agreement with the law firm of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore for legal services for general employment advice. This Third Amendment is needed to increase the not-to-exceed contract amount by $50,000, for a total new not-to-exceed contract amount of $150,000 for the provision of legal services for general employment issues through the term of the Agreement, which expires June 30, 2020.

BACKGROUND
Suzanne Solomon, a partner in the law firm Liebert Cassidy Whitmore in San Francisco, is an experienced trial lawyer who has represented public entities, private companies and individuals in a wide range of employment disputes. Ms. Solomon and her firm were retained by the City Attorney under Section 908 of the City Charter to represent the City and provide legal services, consultation and advice. The Agreement was entered in August 2014, and the not to exceed amount has been increased twice to the current not to exceed amount of $100,000. The term of the Agreement expires in June 2020.

DISCUSSION
The law firm Liebert Cassidy Whitmore ("LCW") in San Francisco specializes in providing public sector labor and employment advice. The City Attorney retained LCW pursuant to Section 908 of the City Charter to provide legal services, consultation and advice on a variety of labor and employment matters that arise from time to time. This Agreement was entered in August 2014, and the not to exceed amount has been increased twice to the current not to exceed amount of $100,000. The term of the Agreement expires June 30, 2020.

It is anticipated that labor and employment issues could arise in the upcoming year requiring LCW's specialized expertise that may incur up to an additional $50,000 in legal fees. Therefore, it is necessary to amend the Agreem...

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