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Will lawyer who won Goldmark’s case get paid?

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Sep. 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
September 1, 2011 5:57 pm

State Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark has yet to decide what his lawyer should be paid for representing him in his legal victory over Attorney General Rob McKenna.

The lack of a decision is notable in itself because Goldmark’s office said in June 2010 the private attorney would take the case pro bono:

Goldmark has retained the pro bono legal services of attorney David Bricklin, at no cost to the state or trusts.

But Bricklin said today he never intended to work for free.

“I’ve been sending them bills and haven’t been getting paid,” he said. “I wasn’t doing it as pro bono.”

Goldmark’s spokesman, Bryan Flint, said today it’s up in the air.

“He (Bricklin) took on the case knowing there’s a possibility he may not get paid, and we are yet to determine if, when and how he will get compensated,” Flint said.

Normally the state lawyers in the attorney general’s office represent state officials before the Supreme Court. But there’s nothing normal about this case, in which Goldmark asked for a court order compelling the attorney general to represent him in another court fight.

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