Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 09/05/2012 08:39:53 AM PDT

UPLAND – The City Council has approved a three-year contract with Fullerton-based law firm Jones & Mayer for city attorney services.

Kimberly Hall Barlow, who also represents Stanton, will be sworn in as the city attorney at Monday’s council meeting.

Council members approved the contract at their Tuesday night special meeting.

“I’m very excited and I’m very pleased that the council chose my firm,” Barlow said.

“We feel that we will bring a new level of legal services to the city and hopefully help them gain immediate control over their legal expenses.”

The firm will provide basic city attorney services such as reading through agreements and attending council meetings. If the city faces litigation, then the city attorney would assist in retaining outside counsel.

The city went out to bid for city attorney services in April after years of steep legal fees and questions surrounding the billing practices of its law firm, Los Angeles-based Richards Watson & Gershon.

The city paid the firm about $7.9 million since June 2003. The law firm has been the city’s legal counsel since 1993, and William Curley served as city attorney since 2003.

Council members interviewed six law firms before settling on Jones & Mayer, which also serves as the city’s prosecutor.

“I think Kimberly will be a huge asset to the city of Upland,” Councilwoman Debbie Stone said. “I think she’ll do a great job for us.”

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