Posted at 1:44 PM on May 25, 2012
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: MN Legislature
The Minnesota Senate has rung up a $46,150 legal bill so far to defend its firing of former Republican caucus staffer Michael Brodkorb.
The invoice from the Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren law firm released today details the first three months of legal bills. The Senate hired outside attorney Dayle Nolan when Brodkorb threatened a wrongful termination lawsuit.
The four-page invoice itemized 169 hours of work from mid-January through March. Most of the work was done at a rate of $330 an hour.
The bill includes a $3,960 charge for Nolan to prepare for and attend a hearing on an ethics complaint filed against Sen. Geoff Michel, R-Edina, over his handling of Brodkorb's firing.
Bordkorb lost his job shortly after Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch resigned her leadership post. It was later revealed that the two were having an affair.
Brodkorb is preparing a potential lawsuit against the Senate.
Here's the invoice: