Cumming-based attorney Kevin Tallant has been hired as the city's newest permanent counsel.
Tallant, who is founding partner at Miles, Patterson, Hansford and Tallant, was appointed by Mayor Kelly Kautz just days after as interim city attorney. On Monday, city council is slated to vote on Tallant's attorney fees.
The firm plans to charge the city $185 per hour for any work done by Tallant. According to a letter to Snellville officials, the fee represents a 30 percent reduction from the firm's normal rates.
In the letter, Tallant said, "Please know that I and the rest of my firm are both honored and excitd to have the privilege of serving as legal counsel to the city of Snellville, Ga."
Named a 2010 Georgia Super Lawyers' Rising Star, Tallant's area of expertise include local government law, contract and business litigation, probate litigation, and real property law.
Tallant graduated with honors from the University of Georgia, where he received a degree in political science and a minor in Spanish. He went on to receive his law degree (with honors) from University of Georgia, as well.
Before returning to his native Cumming to practice law, Tallant also held a two-year appointment as a law clerk for Judge Thomas Thrash, Jr., at the United States District Court in northern Georgia.