All kidding aside, BlawgSD won't get into the allegations and political strategery that the entire Mayor Filner situation entails. KPBS, which has been at the forefront of dealing with the allegations of sexual harassment by the mayor, has a summary of what has been going on.
The attorneys involved will play a crucial role in how this plays out. Here are the known players:
- Cory Briggs, attorney for alleged victims: A former active support of Bob Filner's mayoral campaign, Briggs is a well-known advocate on behalf of the entity "San Diegans for Open Government." He is the managing partner of the Briggs Law Corporation based in Upland in the eastern LA County foothills, which specializes in business, public interest and government accountability law according to its website. He is a Cal Western School of Law grad.
|City Attorney Jan Goldsmith|
From the City Attorney web site: "The City Attorney shall be the chief legal adviser of, and attorney for the City and all Departments and offices thereof in matters relating to their official powers and duties... It shall be the City Attorney's duty, either personally or by such assistants as he or she may designate, to perform all services incident to the legal department; to give advice in writing when so requested, to the Council, its Committees, the Manager, the Commissions, or Directors of any department [and] to prosecute or defend, as the case may be, all suits or cases to which the City may be a party..."
Goldsmith is a USD law grad.
|Marco A. Gonzalez|
- Harvey C. Berger, personal attorney for Bob Filner: Filner said in an interview on Monday that he hired Berger. Berger is the founding partner of Berger, Pope and Williams. Berger is well-respected in the legal community. His firm specializes in employment disputes on both the employer and employee side. He is not only prominent but highly dedicated to the San Diego County Bar Association in many areas including mentoring newer attorneys (including this writer). He is a USD Law grad.
(Photos from BlawgSD archives and Coast Law Group web site.)