The total money spent in Rice Township for legal services to two attorneys since March 2013 now stands at $47,680 an increase of $3881 since October. The bills are 458% over budget. Rice budgets $8,000 a year for legal fees.
Solicitor Bill Higgs billed a total of $1509.25 for work in October on the Heslop Road Unpaved Section, Polonia Estates, and 2013 Litigation. Higgs charges $125 per hour.
In addition, Attorney Donald Brobst from Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald billed a total of $1938.70 for litigation matters relative to Thomas vs Rice Township, et al. The Rosenn Jenkins rate per hour is $285.
The Brobst bill is itemized as shown:
9/3/13 .2 hrs $57-Telephone call
with George Venesky
9/6/13 1.5 hrs $427.50 Review of correspondence from George Venesky to Chris Gerber, Esq. Re: new action started by Writ of Summons. Review of correspondence from George Venesky re: conversation with Chris Gerber. Drafting of correspondence to George Venesky re: same. Review of correspondence from J. Brando, Esq re: deposition.
9/12/13 .8 hrs $228 Telephone call with Chris Gerber, Esq re: proposed settlement meeting. Review of file
9/13/13 1.4 hrs $399 Drafting of correspondence to George Venesky. Telephone call with Steve Siana, Esq and Chris Gerber, Esq. re: settlement and litigation strategy. Review of correspondence from George Venesky to Chris Gerber Esq.
9/20/13 .2 hrs $57 Telephone call with Don Armstrong –re: insurance company proposed meeting with Rockman.
9/24/13 .8 hrs $228 Review of correspondence with Jeff Rockman to Bill Higgs, Esquire –re Attorney demand; Review of correspondence from George Venesky to Chris Gerber –re meeting; Telephone call with Chris Gerber Esquire.
See Rice Legal page 4