During the April 13, 2021 Leon County School Board meeting, the Board unanimously awarded the contract for legal services to the Pittman Law Group, P.L. at an annual retainer fee of $78,000.
The agreement begins April 13th, 2021 and will continue through until June 30th, 2024, with an option to renew for an additional three years.
The Pittman Law Group, P.L. was one of three bids and was awarded the contract “based on the strength of their experience, qualifications, and submission of the lowest cost proposal.” Pittman Law Group provides expertise in administrative law, government law, and civil litigation and represent many local government entities and businesses.
Opal McKinney-Williams is the Lead Counsel for the School Board and will be available for guidance when needed. The law group will provide general counsel to the Board and will represent the Board in connection with its legal matters during the term of the agreement.
Other services provided by the law group include examination of legal titles, lease agreements, and resolutions and documents relating to disposal of school property. In addition, the review and approval of contracts and agreements executed by the Board, interpretation of statutes, charters, ordinances, and contracts, as well as legal advice and counsel on all matters of a legal or technical nature will be provided.
Several Board members during the meeting spoke regarding the Lead Counsel, McKinney-Williams, stating she is “effective, efficient, knowledgeable, and strong at keeping things in order.”
Vice-Chair, Darryl Jones, remarked that he is “very delighted that we made the choice to bring back our exceptional attorney, Ms. Opal McKinney-Williams, who, by virtue of her institutional knowledge and her legal expertise, this district will continue to be well served by her.”