Comprehensive Resolution Reached in Cases Involving L.A. County’s Former Chief Lawyer

Posted on: 06/08/2018 00:00

Three lawsuits will be dismissed as part of a settlement to end a long-running dispute between Los Angeles County and its former top lawyer, ex-County Counsel Mark Saladino. 

As part of the settlement, Saladino will pay the County $50,000 and the County will pay nothing. In a separate action that is not part of the settlement, Saladino also has written a letter to the Board of Supervisors expressing his regrets for bringing two lawsuits against the County. In the letter, he acknowledges that he was unaware of all the facts and circumstances relating to his various allegations and regrets having made statements against the Board.

Saladino filed two lawsuits against the County, one alleging wrongful termination and the other claiming violations of the Brown Act. The County sued Saladino for breach of fiduciary duty.

The agreement is a “global settlement” that will end all three lawsuits. The County already has prevailed in the wrongful termination suit, but under the settlement, Saladino waives his right to appeal.

The County welcomes the settlement, which among other things, sends a strong message affirming the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship and underscoring that all employees—especially its legal representatives—must act according to the highest ethical standards.

“We’re pleased we won the wrongful termination case and are even more pleased all this litigation is being resolved,” said Skip Miller of Miller Barondess, LLP in Los Angeles, who represented the County.



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