Conroe, January 31 – Precinct 4 Montgomery County Commissioner Jim Clark told a room packed with families at Oakwood Masonic Lodge last night that Montgomery County Attorney J.D. Lambright “has saved us millions and millions of dollars as taxpayers by the way he runs his County government office. A lot of the savings you’ll never hear about but he saves citizens enormously in a variety of ways.”
While Lambright explained some of his County Attorney’s Office’s major successes, especially in the area of juvenile prosecutions, both Lambright and Clark became especially animated towards the end of the presentation when Lambright spoke about how he’s changed the manner in which the County handles legal matters so that he’s saved taxpayers more than one million dollars per year.
“One of my biggest jobs is to defend our law enforcement officers. Some people are prone to sue law enforcement officers, but I’m a big supporter of law enforcement,” Lambright explained, as he discussed one of his primary functions as County Attorney, defending County officials in court.
“I’ve worked to save the County government hundreds of thousands of dollars each year by handling real estate issues in-house rather than by hiring expensive outside law firms. My real estate division handles right-of-way issues, leases, the airport, and a variety of other issues in a manner that is far less costly than if we hired outside firms,” Lambright explained.
“As the Chief Legal Officer of the Montgomery County government, I decided that we’d be a lot better of hiring excellent attorneys to work in my office than using law firms that sometimes bill $750 per hour for attorneys and $350 per hour for paralegals and legal assistants,” Lambright said.
The County Attorney gave an example of a toxic well case where a specialty firm, Bracewell and Giuliani, represented a private company that sued Montgomery County, all of the County Commissioners, and the County Judge, because the County government blocked a toxic well from development. “We won the case in federal court. The plaintiff, Texcon, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees. If we had farmed the case out to a private firm, it would’ve cost Montgomery County taxpayers around $250,000. Instead, it cost us nothing.”
Lambright and Clark described a lawsuit against the bonding company for a real estate developer that failed to build a subdivision’s roads to county specifications. “We recovered over a million dollars on the bond and were able to go in and complete the roads for the community to specifications,” Lambright explained.
“I don’t know what we’d do without him,” Commissioner Clark said. “We’ve saved millions of dollars thanks to the way J.D. Lambright has manager his office.”