Six attorneys who successfully sued to block the removal of the Broward Health Chair David Di Pietro from office now wants $155,000 in legal fees and expenses from the state.
The state countered that the request is an “unreasonable attorney’s fee.”
In a motion, the state says it owes the attorneys nothing in part because Di Pietro quit Broward Health’s governing board before his victory in Broward Circuit Court could be appealed.
Three lawyers in Di Pietro’s law firm are among those asking for money.
A hearing is expected over the fees “sometime soon,” said Brian Silber, one of Di Pietro’s attorney.
Broward Health is the public health system north of Griffin Road with more than $1 billion in revenues and roughly 8,000 employees. It includes four hospitals and numerous other clinics and physicians practices. It is run by a board appointed by the governor.
Di Pietro sued Gov. Rick Scott after the governor suspended him on March 18 from the Broward Health board along with fellow board member Darryl Wright.