Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Wednesday, January 30, 2002


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Various Law Firms Contracted as Outside Counsel for City’s Community Redevelopment Agency


By NICK YULICO, Staff Writer


The City Council yesterday authorized the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency to negotiate and extend contracts with 25 law firms for outside legal counsel to be used on an as-needed basis for a three-year period beginning in July.

The CRA is a state-authorized agency set up by the City of Los Angeles to devise and implement strategies to check and reverse deterioration in troubled economic areas of the city.

The agency helped change Bunker Hill from an area of dilapidated mansions to the high-rise corridor it is today and has been working for over 15 years now in the ongoing beautification of Hollywood project.

The council authorized an initial expenditure of $1.5 million for the agency to spend on outside counsel for the three-year period, with any increase to be approved by the council.

All legal services work will be monitored by the City Attorney’s Office and no firm may receive more than $75,000 without council approval. Firms’ hourly rates are capped at $225 per hour.

Firms will offer legal services in areas such as redevelopment, real estate, environmental, cost recovery, litigation and eminent domain for the agency, Richard Benbow, a CRA deputy administrator said.

The agency’s current three-year contract with firms expires June 30 of this year and the new one will take effect the next day. The CRA recently amended its current three-year contract to boost expenditures from $1.5 million to approximately $1.8 million with the council’s approval, Benbow said.

The list of firms to be used on an as-needed basis is as follows:


Goldfarb & Lipman

Kane, Ballmer & Berkman

Law Offices of Kathryn Reimann

Robinson & Pearman

Real Estate

Alvarado, Smith & Sanchez

Brown, Winfield & Canzoneri

Jung & Yuen

Pircher, Nicholas & Meeks


Environmental/Cost Recovery

Caldwell, Leslie, Newcomb & Pettit

Foley & Lardner

Fox & Sohagi

Keesal, Young & Logan

Smith, Rendon

Trutanich & Michel



Arter & Hadden

Bergman, Wedner & Dacey

Greenberg & Bass

Lewis, D’Amato, Brisbois & Bisgaard

Suzuki & Ito


Eminent Domain

Avila & Putnam

Demitrou, Del Guercio, Springer & Francis

Graham, Vaage & Cisneros

Jackson & Associates

Meyers, Nave, Riback, Silver & Wilson

Oliver, Vose, Sandifer, Murphy & Lee


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