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Letter of Representation_2

Letter of Representation_2

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Larkin
Hoifuto~
LarkinHoffman
Daly
&
LindgrenLtd.
1500Wells
Fargo
Plaza
7900XerxesAvenueSouth
Minneapolis.Minnesota55431-1194
GENERAL,
952-835-3800
FAX,
952-896-3333
WEB,
January23,2012MinnesotaSenateAttn:CalLudeman231StateCapitol75Dr.MartinLutherKing,Jr.Blvd.St.Paul,MN55155PERSONALANDCONFIDENTIALRe:EmploymentIssue-MichaelBrodkorb
JAN2b
20i2
'R~CEIVED
DearSecretaryLudeman:
,SECRETARYOFTHE
MINNESOTA
SENATE
Thisletterwillconfirmourfirm'srepresentationoftheMinnesotaSenateintheabove-referencedmatter.Theactualfeeswillbebasedupontheexpertiseoftheattorneysworkingontheproject,thetimeexpended,andthecomplexityoftheproject.Theagreeduponrateformyservicesis$330.perhour.Theseratesaregenerallyreviewedandmaybesubjecttochangeeachcalendaryear.Fromtimetotime,internalconferenceswilltakeplaceamongourpersonnel,andtwoormoremayattendparticularmeetingsorproceedingsonyourbehalf.
It
isourbeliefthatthisdoesnotresultinaduplicationofeffort,butratherenhancescommunication,improvestheoverallqualityoftheworkprovided,andultimatelyprovesmoreeconomicaltoyou.
It
isimportanttousthatyoubesatisfiedatalltimeswithourservicesandresponsiveness.Ifatanytimeyouhaveanyquestionsorcommentsaboutourservices,staffing,billings,oranyotheraspects
of
ourrepresentation,pleasecontactme.Mydirecttelephonenumberis(952)-896-3275;Wewillbillyoumonthlyforfeesandcostsincurredandallinvoicesareduewithin30daysofreceipt.Inadditionto
our
fees,wemaychargefordisbursementsandotherchargesincurredinperformingservicessuchas,butnotlimitedto,photocopying,messengeranddelivery,airfreight,computerizedresearch,videotaperecording,travel(includingmileage,parking,airfare,lodging
,
.
meals,andgroundtransportation),longdistanceandlocaltelephone,facsimile,wordprocessing,courtcosts,courtreporterandfilingfees.Althoughwemayfromtimetotimeforyourconveniencefurnishestimatesoffeesorchargesthatweanticipatewillbeincurredonyourbehalf,theseestimatesaresubjecttounforeseencircumstancesandarebytheirnatureinexact.Wewillnotbeboundbyanyestimatesexceptasotherwiseexpresslysetforthinthisengagementletterorotherwiseagreedtobyusinwriting.Enclosedisastatementofourfirm'spolicycorrcerningbillingsandpaymentofour.statementsforfeesanddisbursements.Youhavetherighttoterminateourrepresentationatanytime,uponwrittennoticetothefirm.Suchterminationshallnot,however,relieveyou'ofyourobligationtopayforallservicesrenderedanddisbursementsandotherchargesmadeorincurredonyourbehalfpriortothedateofthenoticeortermination,whicheverislater.
 
MinnesotaSenateJanuary23,2012Page2TheStateBoardofProfessionalResponsibilityforLawyersrecommendsthatlawyersconsciouslyavoidamisunderstandingastolegalfeesandthattheyenterintoanacknowledgmentwithrespecttofeearrangement.\Vewillassumethatourbillingarrangementisacceptabletoyouandthatyouagreetotheseterms,unless
I
hearbackfromyoupromptlyinwriting.Welookforwardtotheopportunitytobeofservicetoyouonthismatterifrequested,and.hopefullyonotherprojects.Asisourstandardfirmpractice,thetermsandconditionssetforthinthisletterwillapplytoallfuturerepresentationsunlessotherwiseagreedtoinwriting.Onfutureprojects,wemaysimplysetforththescopeofthelegalservicestoberenderedandreferbacktothisletterforthetermsoftherepresentation.Ifyouhaveanyquestionsconcerningtheabovematter,pleasedonothesitatetocontactme.
S~+YlJ~
DayleNolan(Ms.),forLarkinHoffmanDaly
&
LindgrenLtd.DirectDial:DirectFax:E-mail:(952)896-3275(952)842-1725dnolan@larkinhoffman.com
1389535.1
Enclosure
 
LARKINHOFFMANDALY
&
LINDGREN,LTD.GENERALCONDITIONSOFREPRESENTATION
ThissummaryisprovidedasanenclosuretotheengagementletterofLarkinHoffmanDaly&Lindgren,Ltd.(the"Firm")acceptingnewlegalmattersonbehalfofaclient.ThissummarysetsforththebasicparametersoftheFirm'srepresentationanditsbillingforservicesrendered.Thesetermsapplytoalllegalmattersexceptasspecificallyamendedinwritingintheengagementletter.
SCOPEOFLEGALSERVICES
Youunderstandthatbyacceptingthisengagementwearenotacceptinganytasksbeyondthosespecificallynecessarytocompletethematterforwhichwehavebeenengaged.Ourrepresentationdoesnotentailacontinuingobligationtoadviseyouofsubsequentlegaldevelopmentsthatmighthaveabearingonyouraffairsgenerallyor,afterthecompletionofthislegalwork,thisspecificmatter.Ifduringthecourseofthislegalrepresentationitbecomesnecessarytotakeonadditionaltasks,andifweagreetodoso,thenthetermsofthisletterwillapplytothoselegalservicesaswell.
STAFFING
Weintendtoprovideourlegalservicestoyouinatimelyandcost-effectivemanner.Fromtimetotime,internalconferenceswilltakeplaceamongourpersonnel,andtwoormoremayattendparticularmeetingsorproceedingsonyourbehalf.
It
isourbeliefthatthisdoesnotresultinaduplicationofeffort,butratherenhancescommunication,improvestheoverallqualityoftheworkprovided,andultimatelyprovesmoreeconomicaltoyou.
It
isimportanttousthatyoubesatisfiedatalltimeswithourserviceandresponsiveness.Ifatanytimeyouhaveanyquestionsorcommentsaboutourservices,staffing,billings,oranyotheraspectsofourrepresentation,pleasecontactus.
RESPONSIBILITIES
Toenableustoeffectivelyrenderourlegalservices,youagreetofullyandaccuratelydisclosetousallfactsthatmayberelevanttothismatterorthatwemayotherwiserequest.Youfurtheragreetokeepusinformedofanydevelopmentsthatmayaffectthismatter,andtoassistandcooperatewithusasnecessaryindealingwiththismatter.Wewillrelyuponyoufortheaccuracyofallinformationyouprovidetous.Inrelianceuponthatinformationandtheguidanceyouprovide,wewillprovidelegalcounseltoyouandassistyouwithrespecttothismatterassetforthintheprecedingletter.Duringthecourseofourrepresentation,includingatorbeforethetimeofthisletter,wemayexpressouropinionsorbeliefsregardingthematterorvariouscoursesofactionthatmayoccur,includingthepossibleoutcomesthatmaybeanticipated.Anysuchstatementmadebyanypersonactingorspeakingonbehalfofthisfirmisintendedsolelyasanexpressionofopinion,baseduponinformationavailabletousatthetime.Suchopinionsshallnotbeconstruedasapromiseorguaranteeofanyparticularresult.
LITIGATION,ARBITRATIONORMEDIATIONMATTERS
Inlitigation,arbitrationormediationmatters,thereisalevelofuncertaintyinherenttotheprocessthatcannotbeanticipatedattheoutsetofourrepresentation.Thereisatleastoneotherpartytothematter,andtheymaytakeactionsthatconfoundthecaseandincreasethetimeandexpenseinvolved.Thejudge,arbitratorormediatormaymakerulingsorissueorderscontrarytoyourobjectives,orthatsignificantlyIimittheresultsobtainedbyyou.Witnessesmaydie,becomeunavailable,changetheirtestimony,orbeprecludedfromtestifying,againlimitingyourresults.Documentsmaybecomeunavailable,ormaybechallengedforauthenticityoradmissibility.Ifthematterinvolvesajuryorotherfactfinder,theymayfindwitnessesordocumentsirrelevantornotcredibleonthekeyfactualorlegalissuesatstake.Wecannotguaranteeanyspecificorgeneralresultinlitigation,arbitrationormediationmatters,andourfeesforrepresentingyou,unlessspecificallyagreedtoinaseparatewrittenContingentFeeAgreement,signedbytheFirm,arenotdependentupontheoutcomeofyourmatter.

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