Lawyers representing the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority submitted invoices in September and October that were lower than they have been since they were retained. However, the combined billings for both months were $87,749 (an average of $43,874). The Walker Group and the May Firm current represent JMAA.
The JMAA Board of Commissioners approved these invoices that appeared on the September and October claims dockets.
May Firm: $5,490
Walker Group: $35,333
May Firm: $6,100
Walker Group: $40,526
The billings average $43,874 per month. They averaged $71,955 per month prior to September and $81,217 per month in 2014. JJ reported on October 8:
Attorneys have billed over $3.4 million to the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority since 2012. JJ obtained the monthly billings through public records requests and reviewing claims dockets. The years have been good to law firms that represented JMAA. The overall budget for JMAA in 2014 was only $17.8 million. The billings are:
2015 (8 months) billings: $503,687
2015 (8 months) monthly average: $71,955
2014 billings: $980,747
2014 monthly average: $81,728
2013 billings: $684,754
2013 monthly average: $57,062
2012 billings: $1,293,633
2012 monthly average: $107,802
Three different law firms represent the Jackson Municipal Aiport: The Walker Group, The May Firm, and Baker Donelson. Baker Donelson was the long-time counsel for the airport. However, the Board of Commissioners voted in December 2013 to replace Baker Donelson immediately with The Walker Group. John Walker is the managing partner at The Walker Group. He is known to be the close friend of Congressman Bennie Thompson as well as his attorney. The board took the action at the first meeting after Mayor Chokwe Lumumba appointed James Henley, Reverend Jeffrey Stallworth, and retired bureaucrat Vernon Hartley in November 2013. The vote was 3-1 in favor of the action as the Lumumba appointments voted in en bloc.
The board then voted unanimously to hire the May Firm as additional counsel in Feburary 2014. Regina Quinn and her husband John May comprise the May Firm.
The rest of the billings and invoices can be found at this earlier post.