In today’s News Journal, Levin Papantonio Brian Barr praises Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward for negotiating such low attorney fees on the BP settlement – $963,346 on the $5.4 million settlement, 18 percent.
“In my view, (Hayward) negotiated the deal of the century,” Barr said. “…The standard contingency deal in Florida is 40 percent.”
Few law firms, if any, took a standard contingency deal in regard to municipal claims against BP resulting from 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
The 18 percent that Mayor Hayward agreed to pay in 2011 is less than a few cities but higher than others in our area.
The City of Mobile paid the highest legal fees – 33.8 percent on a $7.1 million settlement. Pascagoula, Miss. paid 25 percent on $2.8 million. The City of Fairhope paid 25 percent on $1.8 million.
Other cities and counties paid 16 percent: Mobile County ($1.8 million settlement), Baldwin County ($11.5 million), and Biloxi ($4.9 million).
Gulf Shores, Ala. handled its claim in-house. It received a $6.5 million settlement with no outside legal fees.
The Mobile, Ala. alt-weekly Lagniappe did a great job gathering this information.