Did Peter Grenell force Jean Savaree out so he could hire his own attorney?
Why did Peter Grenell recommend his personal attorney Mark C. Watson as a suitable replacement for Jean Savaree of Aaronson, Dickerson, Cohn & Lanzone?
Why didn't Mark C. Watson disclose his attorney-client relationship with Peter Grenell in advance of his interview with the board of Harbor Commissioners? Why didn't Mr. Watson disclose to Commissioner Brennan that he was representing Peter Grenell regarding a pending sexual orientation and gender harassment complaint she made against Grenell?
May 21, 2014
Six law firm responded to a RFP, three of the six firms were recommended by Peter Grenell, and all three recommended firms were interviewed by Harbor Commissioners.
- Mark C. Watson $185.00 per hour (Peter Grenell's personal attorney)
- BBK, Christopher J. Diaz $275.00 per hour
- Hanson Bridgett, Steven Miller, Partner $345.00 per hour
June 4, 2014
Harbor Commissioners met with Peter Grenell to hire a law firm to replace Aaronson, Dickerson, Cohn & Lanzone. Commissioner Brennan left closed session early. Nothing was reported out of closed session.
June 18, 2014
Harbor Commissioners voted in open session to hire Steven Miller of Hanson Bridgett.
- Agenda Item 5—Selection of Law Firm Hanson Bridgett LLP to Provide Legal Counsel Services & Approval of Contract 18:00
- Commissioner comments 19:48
Aug. 20, 2014
The board of Harbor Commissioners approved Peter Grenell's request for reimbursement for his personal attorney Mark C. Watson.
Read the $14,856.25 invoice.
Why did Mr. Watson charge his client Peter Grenell a higher rate ($425.00 per hour) than the $185.00 hourly rate he proposed the Harbor District pay if Commissioners agreed to hire him to replace Jean Savaree?
If Mr. Watson had been awarded a job as the District's new legal counsel would Grenell have requested reimbursement?