The lead attorney who represented former deputy police chief William Taylor in his successful lawsuit against Burbank is asking a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge to force the city to cover nearly $1.75 million in legal fees.
The attorney, Gregory Smith, successfully argued Taylor's case, which centered on allegations that he faced retaliation and was eventually terminated because he complained about problems in the Police Department, and because he refused to fire minority officers. A jury sided with Taylor, 9-3, in March, awarding him nearly $1.3 million.
Included in Smith's $1.75-million legal bill is about $876,000 in hourly charges for him and his co-counsel, Christopher Brizzolara. Two other attorneys assisted Smith and Brizzolara.