Ferguson to pay attorney $1,335 an hour to pursue reforms

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) – Ferguson is paying an attorney more than $1,300 an hour to help the St. Louis suburb negotiate and possibly litigate reforms demanded by the Justice Department since Michael Brown’s shooting death last summer.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Ferguson City Council decided behind closed doors in March to hire Dan K. Webb of suburban Chicago at an hourly rate nearly double Missouri’s highest attorney billing rate last year.

Webb’s tab doesn’t include the expenses and fees of any lawyers or paralegals in his firm who may work on the case.

Webb is a 69-year-old former federal prosecutor whose clients in private practice have include Philip Morris, Microsoft and the New York Stock Exchange.

A Ferguson spokesman isn’t publicly discussing Webb’s hiring or his fees.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch