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Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 5:50am

State Pays $885/Hour For New Water Lawyer

Updated: 5 years ago.
New water lawyer charges the state $855 an hour to appeal a federal judge's ruling that Atlanta is illegally drawing water from Lake Lanier. (photo courtesy of Wikimedia)

The state will pay its new water lawyer $855 an hour. The Governor’s office said yesterday Seth Waxman is taking a ten percent cut from what he’s normally charged to handle Georgia’s long running legal dispute with Alabama and Florida over water rights.

Waxman is a former US solicitor general who was tapped to replace the former lawyer who had to withdraw because of a possible conflict of interest.

Per a federal judge’s decision earlier this summer, Atlanta is illegally taking water from Lake Lanier and has 3 years to get congressional approval.

Waxman is leading the appeal.