- Top legal expenses
$190,297.63 to Thurbon and McHaney, L.P., for
expert construction consultant services related to McNair High
School construction for June 30 through Aug. 3.
$21,719.40 to Kingsley, Bogard, Thompson, LLP
in January for contract negotiations with the local classified
$16,477.50 to Kronick, Maskovitz, Tiedemann and
Girard for 84.5 hours of work with Assistant Superintendent Art
Hand in February regarding various issues.
$7,749.87 to the Law Office of Stubbs and Leone
in January regarding an unidentified lawsuit.
$6,207.50 to Atkinson, Andelson, Ruud, Loya and
Romo for month-long work on the D-MAND charter school proposal in
$3,345 to Kingsley, Bogard, Thompson, LLP in
January for a discussion with the Lodi Education Association
regarding retirement and preschool teacher issues.
— Jennifer Bonnett
Posted: Saturday, May 7, 2011 12:00 am
A News-Sentinel review of hundreds of pages of Lodi Unified
School District legal invoices over the past six months showed
hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on litigation, consulting,
mediation and other labor group services.
- In January alone, the district paid Folsom-based Kingsley,
Bogard, Thompson $21,719 for contract-related negotiations with the
- Two months later, $300,000 went to help prepare teacher layoff
notices, with one-third of that going to the Kingsley attorneys.
Another $100,000 was set aside by the school board as a retainer
for the firm's services in February.
- And since June 30, the main firm handling litigation against
contractors who built McNair High School — Thurbon and McHaney, LP,
of Gold River — has charged the district a staggering $760,000 for
litigation and expert construction consultant services, according
to the invoices.
Saturday, May 7, 2011 12:00 am.