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Legislation #: 080157 Introduction Date: 2/7/2008
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER SHARP
Title: Waiving a requirement of Section 2-83(a), Code of Ordinances, applicable to the City entering into a contract with Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus PC and waiving any conflicts of interest arising out of Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus PC’s representation of the City as its federal lobbyist.

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2/7/2008 Filed by the Clerk's office
2/7/2008 Passed

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ORDINANCE NO. 080157

 

Waiving a requirement of Section 2-83(a), Code of Ordinances, applicable to the City entering into a contract with Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus PC and waiving any conflicts of interest arising out of Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus PCs representation of the City as its federal lobbyist.

 

WHEREAS, the Council desires that the City Manager enter into a contract with the law firm of Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus PC, so that James H. Davidson, Anita Estell, Martin Frost, and other attorneys and employees of that law firm can represent the interests of the City before the United States Congress and other federal offices and agencies; and

 

WHEREAS, the law firm of Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus PC, currently represents clients in litigation or negotiations with the City and is willing to represent the City in its federal lobbying efforts only if the law firm is able to continue to represent those clients and other such clients in the future; and

 

WHEREAS, Section 2-83(a), Code of Ordinances, requires a City department to obtain a waiver from the Council of its general prohibition against entering into a legal services contract with an attorney or a law firm which represents any party in litigation against the City; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council does not believe that the Citys interests in its federal lobbying efforts will be adversely affected by Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus PCs representation of other current or future clients in matters adverse to the City and is, therefore, willing to consent to Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus PCs representation of the City in its federal lobbying efforts and waive any conflicts of interest arising out of its representation of the City as to current and future clients of Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus PC; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. The prohibition of Section 2-83(a), Code of Ordinances, prohibiting a City department from entering into a legal services contract with an attorney or a law firm which represents any party in litigation against the City is hereby waived for the legal services contract with Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus PC to provide services to the City in its federal lobbying efforts.

Section 2. That the Council hereby waives any and all conflicts of interest that the City may have created by Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus PCs representation, or
that of any of its attorneys or employees, in the Citys lobbying efforts and its representation of current or future clients with interests adverse to the City and authorizes the City Manager to execute a letter waiving such conflicts of interest on behalf of the City.

 

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Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

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William Geary

Assistant City Attorney