Lawyer Pay

County Attorney Paid $375K to Get Raise After Spat over Merit Increases


The top lawyer in Jefferson County, Ala., won’t have to follow through on his threat to quit after winning a battle over promised merit pay raises for his office.

County Attorney Jeff Sewell already was earning $375,000 a year, making him the county’s highest paid employee, Al.com reports. Now he will get a $18,750 pay raise; three other lawyers in his office will also get 5 percent pay increases.

Sewell had cleaned his desk and packed boxes last month after the county commission balked at paying the money promised by previous board members. A 10-step pay plan adopted in 2008 was intended to shield county attorneys from coercion by commission members.

Jefferson County, which includes Birmingham, filed for bankruptcy last year.

Previous:
Around the Blawgosphere: Legal Bloggers on the Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

Next:
Transportation, Internet and Phone Problems Plague Manhattan Law Firms


We welcome your comments, but please adhere to our comment policy. Flag comment for moderator.

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.