With the deadline swiftly approaching for lawyers to apply to the Georgia Law Department to be special assistant attorneys general in expected litigation with Florida, only three had submitted qualifications as of Monday morning.
The deadline for applying is by close of business Tuesday.
The three applicants so far are all solo practitioners.
David Cheng runs a general practice, though his website specifically highlights civil rights litigation. He earned his law degree from Mercer University and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in June.
Joe Hardy Jr. is an aviation attorney who previously worked as an associate for Arnall Golden Gregory. He earned his law degree from the University of Georgia and was admitted to the bar in 1998.
Nathan Kotas runs a civil litigation practice called Attorney Nate PC. He earned his law degree from the University of Florida and was admitted to the bar in 1999.
Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens announced a week ago that his office is seeking SAAGs in anticipation of defending itself against a lawsuit by Florida.
“The Governor of Florida has announced that the State of Florida intends to file an original jurisdiction action against the State of Georgia in the Supreme Court of the United States in the coming days,” according to a statement from Olens’ office. “The action reportedly will seek equitable apportionment of some portion of the waters of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system.”
The Law Department stated that while Georgia “does not seek this litigation,” it will “aggressively defend itself.” One or more SAAGs may be needed to assist in the state’s defense.
To assist the department in appointing SAAGs, Olens is seeking specific information from interested attorneys. The announcement said all statements of interest and qualifications should address:
– The proposed scope of representation;
– Experience with environmental matters, to include specifically:
* Experience with water-related matters;
* Experience with matters arising from or related to multistate environmental resource disputes;
– Experience with matters before the Supreme Court of the United States, to include specifically:
*Overall experience before the Supreme Court of the United States;
* Experience with original jurisdiction matters before the Supreme Court of the United States;
* Experience with matters before special masters appointed by the Supreme Court of the United States;
* Experience with equitable apportionment-related matters;
– Trial-related experience, to the extent relevant here;
– The extent to which experience in each of these areas—or lack thereof—should be considered significant in selecting counsel;
– Proposed rates and estimated cost of litigation;
– Any other subject the submitting attorney considers relevant.
Submissions should be sent online to GeorgiaWater@law.ga.gov. Submissions through other means will not be accepted or considered, the announcement said.
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