Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - June 21, 2016
June 21, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #13

DiSabatino v. Manatee County and Eschenfelder

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information
If necessary, Mitchell O. Palmer, County Attorney, ext. 3750.

Action Requested
Form of motion:  In the matter of  Robin DiSabatino v. Manatee County and Assistant County Attorney Robert Eschenfelder, Case No. 2016-CA-002483, (1) ratification of the County Attorney's decision to retain the services of Trenam Law (f/k/a Trenam Kemker) as outside counsel, on such terms as the County Attorney deems appropriate, (2) approval of Trenam Law's representation of both Manatee County and Chief Assistant County Attorney Robert Eschenfelder, and (3) authorization for the Chairperson to execute the attached Informed Consent document.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
  • County Attorney Employment Agreement
  • County Attorney Ordinance (Section 2-2-30, et seq., Manatee County Code).


Background Discussion

In this public records lawsuit, initially filed on May 27, 2016, Commissioner Robin DiSabatino has named both Manatee County Government and Chief Assistant County Attorney Robert Eschenfelder as defendants.  It is the professional judgment of the County Attorney that the defendants should be represented by outside counsel.  The County Attorney's outside counsel of choice is Trenam Law (f/k/a Trenam Kemker), a private law firm headquartered in Tampa, Florida, with whom the County Attorney is prepared to enter into a formal engagement agreement.

The law firm has preliminarily familiarized itself with the facts and the law surrounding this lawsuit, and has asked for Board approval of  the law firm's joint representation of the defendants and for the Chair's execution of the attached document.

Chief Assistant County Attorney Robert Eschenfelder will be making his own separate arrangements with Trenam Law for the firm's representation of him.

County Attorney Review
Other (Requires explanation in field below)

Explanation of Other
This is a County Attorney item.

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please provide County Attorney Mitchell Palmer with an executed copy of the attached Informed Consent document.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
Outside counsel component of the CAO budget (531006)

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
Unknown at this time

Attachment:  Informed Consent Document.pdf