Earlier this week Governor Steve Beshear signed an executive order approving the University of Louisville’s decision to hire a bunch of law firms.
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There were eight firms hired:
- Bingham, Greenebaum and Doll, LLP
- Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
- Stoll, Keenon and Ogeden
- Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs
- Mr. J. Gregory Clare
- Strause Law Group PLLC
- McBrayer< McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland PLLC
- Ms. Eileen Minto
They entered a contract worth $600,000 to provide services:
[I]ncluding, but not limited to, matters regarding: employment, contract, gift and estate, real estate, bankruptcy, environmental and other regulator matters, and immigration.
What’s interesting about it all? The contract wasn’t put out for bid, leading many within the legal community and within state government to suggest that there could be semi-emergency status. And it’s for regulations and bankruptcy.
Some believe the reason for the contract is because they believe the IRS and SEC (we can’t confirm this) are in town poking around the Louisville Arena Authority and the University of Louisville Athletic Association. They believe that because neither Frost Brown Todd nor Stites & Harbison were included.
Should the arena or athletics be involved, there’d be potential conflicts of interest for Ed Glasscock and Eric Somer at FBT — Somer designed the arena contract for UofL while he was at Greenebaum but is not a partner at FBT. And Stites & Harbison because of Andy Beshear’s partnership there and his role with the Arena Authority.
This is all speculative but there could be exciting times ahead.