The gap between public and private attorney salaries is a particularly sensitive issue in the Silicon Valley, ground zero for the legal pay wars and a region where county-employed attorneys have a history of unrest over their pay.

A prevailing wage clause in the county attorneys’ contract is supposed to make things more equitable between private and public pay. But a battle is again brewing: Much to the chagrin of the public lawyers and their union representatives, county officials are toying with eliminating the clause.

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