New Dormont Solicitor Unofficially Hired
Council has agreed to, but not voted on, a new law firm to represent the borough.
Dormont Council has agreed on, but not voted, to hire the Pittsburgh-based law firm of Dodaro, Matta & Cambest as the new firm that will represent the borough.
Council President Bill McCartney confirmed to Dormont-Brookline Patch on Wednesday afternoon that council met for an executive session on Tuesday evening, wherein the council members agreed that the law firm would be the best fit for the borough.
All council members, except Eugene Barilla, were present at the executive session. It was announced at Monday's council meeting that the executive session would be held Tuesday.
"We interviewed them last night during an executive session and agreed to retain them as the firm that will represent us," McCartney said. "They have a team that they assign to a borough or a school district for representation."
McCartney said John Rushford, an attorney with Dodaro, Matta & Cambest, would be the lead solicitor for the borough.
An employment contract between the borough and the law firm has been drawn up but not signed, McCartney said. Although the law firm likely will begin researching various borough issues, McCartney said the law firm will not provide any legal opinions or written documents—nor would the firm's attorneys appear at council meetings—until council has officially voted to hire the firm.
McCarntey said council plans to vote to hire the firm at next month's regular meeting.
The former borough solicitor, Deron Gabriel, resigned in February but will continue to serve the borough until council has voted to hire a new solicitor.