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Law firm ends contract with Atherton

 

The law firm that employs Atherton City Attorney Wynne Furth has sent the town a 60-day notice that it is canceling its contract to provide legal services to Atherton.

McDonough Holland & Allen, which is based in Sacramento and has an office in Oakland, announced in mid-June that it is winding down its operations.

A press release sent by the town today (July 2) said: "It is anticipated that (Ms. Furth) and her team will affiliate with another law firm in the weeks ahead, and the town will evaluate options in light of these changes. In the meantime, Ms. Furth is committed to continuing to provide legal services to the town."

Ms. Furth was hired in February 2009 to replace Marc Hynes. She previously served as the acting city attorney for Palo Alto and as the city attorney of Claremont.

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Posted by Delighted Resident
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jul 2, 2010 at 8:29 pm

What wonderful news! Considering the extreme bias reflected in Ms Furth's decisions affecting the town of Atherton, it is truly best that she be gone. Consider the recent case of the Lewis house nonconformities that she chose to say need not be pursued. Just the latest example of her incompetence. Perhaps the town can now hire someone whose opinion it can actually trust. This one's gotta go!


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Posted by Cheshire Kitten
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 2, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Wait! We still need Furth to exonerate Jerry Carlson on conflict of interest charges.

She better get her "legal analysis based upon stipulated facts" done soon.


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jul 3, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Just because Ms. Furth's firm is gone, doesn't mean she will be. The council is still able to hire Ms. Furth as an individual... and I suspect they will likely do that.

I would hope the council members would at least interview a few other attorneys in the area before making a decision!


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Posted by menlo voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 3, 2010 at 7:51 pm

"I would hope the council members would at least interview a few other attorneys in the area before making a decision!"

ya, that'll happen.


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Posted by rocky
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 3, 2010 at 11:42 pm

There will be a new council in December.

The new council should decide on whether to hire a new city attorney, not Carlson, not Dobbie and not Marsala.


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jul 4, 2010 at 1:02 pm

The most prudent thing would be for the current council to enter a new agreement with Ms. Furth, as an individual, to cover the seven month period between September 1, 2010 (the current termination date of Atherton's contract with Ms. Furth's firm) and March 31, 2011.

Extending Ms. Furth's agreement beyond this date would be unfair (and discourteous) to the new town council. This will provide the newly elected council members a full three months to identify and interview other candidates for this position. Ms. Furth can interview and submit a bid for services along with the other candidates.

This is precisely what other municipalities have done when facing a similar issue. There are several excellent private city attorneys in our area!


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 4, 2010 at 1:42 pm

POGO:

you want to bet lunch it happens your way? I'm betting it won't. Ms. Furth has to be rewarded by those she has protected.


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jul 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm

I'll take your bet, MV... but not because I think I'll win.

I'm just being an optimist and hoping that a few people on the Atherton council will grow a brain.

We won't have long to wait.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 5, 2010 at 8:36 pm

POGO:

as you say, we shall soon see.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 6, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Any lawyer would have to be somewhat crazy to work for your council. Good luck finding one.


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