Well, if you’re looking for evidence that Scranton Mayor Paige Gebhardt Cognetti’s administration might turn out differently, just check her choice of lawyers.
She kept Jessica Eskra as her solicitor when other lawyers contributed to her campaign. She also declined the proposal of a major supporter when it came time to pick a law firm to appeal the tax ruling that could devastate city finances.
Myers, Brier & Kelly, the law firm founded by attorney Morey Myers, lost out to Stevens & Lee. Myers is no longer a partner at his old firm, but remains “of counsel,” according to the firm’s website.
Morey’s wife, Sondra, gave $1,000 to Cognetti’s campaign on Oct. 17. She also spoke at her inauguration.
The Myers firm is also really politically connected. Its lawyers include Patrick Brier, the brother-in-law of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, and Brier’s brothers, Frank and Dan. Dan Brier successfully defended former state senator Bob Mellow against state criminal charges.
It’s a dyed-in-the-wool Democratic firm.
Long, long ago, Patrick Brier was a partner in Stevens & Lee, but that ended in 2009 when he joined his brothers “of counsel” at the Myers firm started his own law firm and later several other businesses.
Stevens & Lee includes former federal appeals court judge Thomas Vanaskie, who is expected to lead the appeal.