August 02, 2010|By Kimi Yoshino,
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Bell’s controversial city attorney — who was dumped last week by the city of Downey for his connection to the scandal-ridden town — announced Monday that he is leaving his firm to focus on helping Bell through its crisis.

Edward Lee had been a partner at Best, Best & Krieger since 2006 and Bell’s contract city attorney since the 1990s. The firm issued a statement Monday saying that Lee would be leaving Best, Best & Krieger. The firm also announced that it would be ending its contract with Bell, but would assist in the transition.

“Given the current situation in Bell, I cannot allow the lives of the great attorneys and support people who work at Best Best & Krieger to be affected by it, not to mention the many great clients of the firm,” Lee said in a statement. “I am confident that my reputation will be restored in time, as events unfold.”

Last week the Downey City Council voted 3-2 to terminate the city’s contract with Lee and Best, Best & Krieger. City leaders said they no longer felt comfortable being associated with the attorney.

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