Gray Robinson provided a phenominal proposal and they are willing to work with the Town in determining the final contract and retainer or fee options

We have received a proposal from Stephanie M. Marchman, Shareholder, of Gray Robinson of Gainesville, FL.  Gray Robinson was formulated in August of 1970 and the firm currently has fifteen offices in Florida.
Stephanie M. Marchman serves on the Florida Bars Board of Governors representing the Eight Judicial Circuit and acts as the Board’s Liaison to the City County and local Government Section Executive Council.  She is also Past President of the Eight Judicial Circuit Bar Association and North Central Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and Past Chair of the Florida Bar’s Federal Court Practice Committee.
Ms. Marchman’s recognitions include Florida Trends “Legal Elite” Government/Non-Profit Attorney 2016; Eight Judicial Circuit Bar Association President’s Award 2016, 2018; Gainesville City Attorney’s Office Employee of the Year 2014;  North Central Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association – Chapter Service Award 2012 – Chapter Activity Presidential Citation for a “Toast to Judge Hodges” 2013; Boys & Girls Club of the  Big Bend exceptional Volunteer Service Award 2001 ; University of FloridA Outstanding Graduating Female Leader 1999; University of Florida Hall of Fame 1999.
Prior to joining GrayRobinson, Ms. Marchman was a senior Assistant City Attorney with the City Attorney’s Office in Gainesville Florida for 11 years.  She was a counselor, litigator and transactional lawyer for the City of Gainesville in the areas of labor and employment law, employee benefits, constitutional law, ethics, Sunshine Law and public records law.  Her work included providing legal advice on workplace investigations including police misconduct and the administration of discipline to any of the City’s 2,000 employees, as well as preparation of employment policies, employee benefit contracts retirement plan ordinances, executive employment agreements and 7 collective bargaining agreements.  She also represented the City in labor arbitratins, impasse resolution proceedings, state and federal litigation and appeals.  During her tenure she served as general counsel to the City of Gainesville’s General Employees ” Pension Plan and Disability Pension Plan, Equal Opportunity Committee and the Human Rights Board.  She delivered training to the City of Gainesville’s workforce on public records, advised city management on closing numerous homeless encampments located on 50 acres of City property and managed a year-long Department of Justice investigation into the City’s land use practices under the Religious Institutionalized Persons Act resulting in the Department closing the investigation following the City’s adoption of an ordinance amending the City’s Land Development Code.
Since joining GrayRobinson’s Gainesville and Tampa Offices as a shareholder, Stephanie continues to represent public sector employers throughout the State of Florida in all aspects of labor and employment law as well as Sunshine Law, Public Records Law, Ethics Law and other general council.  She presently serves as general labor and employment counsel for Alachua County, Florida and the City of MacClenny Florida as well as general outside council for WellFlorida Council, Inc., a local health planning council for 16 counties in North Central Florida.   Stephanie recently served as interim City Attorney for the City of Vero Beach, attending all meetings of the City Council and various boards, counseling the City Council on a proposed Charter referendum, counseling the City Manager on a water rate dispute with a neighboring town, reviewing and approving all contracts and counseling City Staff on various public records and zoning requirements, among other things.  She lists various public sector clients for which she was the lead attorney with legal services relating to labor and employment counsel, labor arbitration and impasse resolution representation, local government and corporate counsel, preparation of purchasing bid documents and contracts and workplace investigations.
Ms. Marchman’s areas of Practice include Employment and Labor, Government, Government Affairs and Lobbying, Litigation, Appellate  She has experience in preparation and drafting of ordinances and advising governmental  entities on revisin of ordinances, codes or charter issues; She attends Town Council Meetings; She has knowledge of public Finance.  She has knowledge and practice in the area of land use, zoning, real property and community development issues, inclding growh management and comprehensive plan amendments; knowledge and practice in the area of public works issues, including utilities and utility franchise agreements; representation of entities in litigation for public sector clients in both state and federal litigation and appeals. She has experience or practice in advising entities on Florida Sunshine and Public Record Law and practice and procedure before local governm,ent, legislative and quasi-judicial bodies.  She will be on call and available for consultation and advice and other services as needed or wanted by Town leadership and staff.
Gray Robinson, PA is a full-service law and lobbying firm with attorneys and government relations professionals throughout its 15 offices spanning the State of Florida and Washington DC. The firm has provided its government clients with effective representation as general counsel, and special counsel.  The firms also has experience working with City Zoning and Cod Enforcement Staff to hear and adjudicate Code Enforcement metters, impose administrative lines and other non-criminal penalties.  Its Employment lawyers have extensive employment law and litigation experience and advise clients in all areas of agency, state and federal law. Other areas of Law provided by GrayRobinson include Labor Law, Contract Law, Constitutional Law, Land Use Law, Litigation, Growth Management and Zoning, Americans with Disabilities Act, Environmental Law, Property Law, and Tort Law.

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FEES PROPOSED:

The firm or attorney shall submit a proposal for compensation, which should include, but is not limited to, a monthly retainer fee option, an hourly rate option, or a combination of these options.  Unless strictly a monthly retainer, the hourly rate option is mandatory.  The fee schedule shall include the following information.  (To be determined as to the retainer)
The proposed monthly retainer fee and the expenses to be paid from the retainer fee
The standard hourly rate for the town attorney, assistant town attorneys, senior attorneys and every other attorney, paralegal or staff member (if any) anticipated to provide service to the Town.  The town attorney, assistant town attorney and senior attorney must always be identified by name.
The rates for reimbursable and/or out of pocket expenses, including but not limited to wordprocessing, photocopying, faxing, etc.  (Douglas and Carter did not charge for photocopying, wordprocessing or faxing)

 

The proposed rates for all other fee proposals or arrangements outside the standard hourly rates if proposed by you or your law firm:
Propose a provision for reate increases in fuure years:

The following discounted hourly rates for GrayRobinson Services to the Town:

$   250   /hour for Shareholders
$   175  /hour for associates and
$   125  /hour for paralegals
Lead attorney Stephanie Marchman will charge for travel or miscellaneous expenses to attend Town Council Meetings and other meetings as deemed appropriate or necessary by the Town.
Alternatively and if the firm and the town deem it appropriate and mutually beneficial in light of the magnitude of certain cases or matters, Gray/Robinson will work with the Town to develop a blended rate for attorneys.

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Our Town is fortunate indeed to have received two amazing law firm proposals.  Note both lead attorneys are females each with a wealth of experience.

 

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