Douglas County school board hires more legal counsel

Colorado Community Media: The Douglas County School Board has retained a second law firm in its defense against a lawsuit alleging the four board majority members violated open meetings laws.

The board’s debate about whether to bring on more counsel also broached the majority’s desire to appeal a judge’s order that prohibits serial meetings, as the four directors maintain they followed Colorado law to the letter.

The engagement letter for the Greenwood Village based firm Gessler Blue Law, run by Geoff Blue and Scott Gessler, says its fees are normally $425 an hour but that it will charge DCSD $225 an hour for attorneys’ time and $150 to $175 for paralegal work.

Blue is a former deputy attorney general for Colorado and Gessler is a former Colorado secretary of state. The board also retains Hall and Evans, which had represented board directors in the lawsuit to date.

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