In the next section of Grafton Township Attorney Ancel Glink’s bill we get to the juicy parts.
This part, totaling just over $18,000 is entitled, “Linda Moore v. Grafton Township.” This concerns the Township Trustees’ reaction to Supervisor Moore’s Separation of Powers lawsuit.
The counter move to the Trustees having stripped Moore of most of her duties and office was filed Wednesday, March 10, 2010, and not surprisingly, the first work done by Ancel Glink appears that day—12 and three quarters hours worth.
Five lawyers were involved:
- Daniel J. Bolin
- Robert K. Bush
- Jeffrey R. Jurgens
- Keri-Lyn Krafthefer
- Scott A. Puma
Linda Moore had single practitioner John Nelson prepare her suit.
So, what did Ancel Glink do the first day?
The words “review” and “research” appear a lot. One of the cases reviewed involved Worth Township, which I believe is the one that says the Supervisor hires all employees, if there are less than five. There are less than five in Grafton Township under the Town Fund. Jurgens is researching the powers of township trustees and “retention powers of board.”
Krafthefer advises “clients of victory.” The judge did not issue a Temporary Restraining Order as Moore requested. She also begins preparing a response and counterclaim.
Thursday, March 11th saw Associate Jason T. Olsen added to the team. He worked on creating the “Pleadings section of file regarding search,” plus reviewed the TRO filing.
More research took place regarding case law about the “day-o-day management of township employees.” Two hours by Partner Rob Bush.
Meanwhile, Krafthefer was working on “research regarding forensic computer technology company to recreate missing Township records” and drafting a response to Moore’s suit, plus preparing “correspondence to (Township Administrator Pam) Fender regarding items needed for lawsuit.”
“Only” 5.75 hours billed Thursday.
Friday, March 12th billing entries on page 1 of the Moore lawsuit shows 8.5 hours. (4.5 more show up on page 2 of this section of Ancel Glink’s invoice.)
Thomas G. DiCianni, a litigator with the firm, spent an half an hour reviewing the paperwork.
Jurgens continued researching “disputes between trustees and supervisor.
Krafthefer was researching, too, and talking with Township Trustee Betty Zirk, Fender and Moore’s attorney. 4.75 hours getting ready for court.
She spent another hour and a quarter preparing an “opinion requested by Supervisor regarding Trustee’s ability to direct employees to assist with their statutory functions.”