Tallahassee Reports has learned that the City of Tallahassee paid $238,426 to an outside law firm for legal services associated with the lawsuit filed by former City firefighter Mark DeCarlo.
A jury awarded DeCarlo $850,000 in a discrimination lawsuit.
Public documents obtained through a public records request reveal that the City of Tallahassee paid Sniffen & Spellman, P.A. , a Tallahassee based law firm, $238,426 for outside legal services. The payments were made between December 9th, 2013 and February 8th, 2016.
Approximately 90% or $217,227 of the legal bills were paid over a 12-month period ending in February 2016. The City, on average, paid approximately $18,000 per month for outside legal services during this period.
See payment details here.