Legal costs top $200K in harassment case

Sexual harassment allegations made against Fulton County Attorney David Ware have already cost taxpayers more than $200,000, documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution through an open records request show. County commissioners said they are convinced the charges are bogus, and they agreed to Ware’s recommendation to hire the law firm Greenberg Traurig to represent him.

Three women a former staff attorney, a former paralegal and Ware’s former executive assistant filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Atlanta last week. Legal bills going back to May show Greenberg Traurig has billed at an average rate of about $313 per hour. The county has paid almost $206,000, and the firm has billed for nearly $35,000 more, the documents show.

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