Lawyers in Tampa and Tampa Bay are earning a lot more than a few years ago, but that’s not stopping them from getting more lucrative.
The Tampa Bay Times reported Thursday that the Florida Supreme Court has approved a $9,000 salary increase for the Tampa divorce lawyer and his office, as well as $7,000 for a new office and $3,000 in salary for a family law specialist.
It is also approving a new “specialist” job for the lawyer, according to the newspaper.
The court’s approval comes in response to a lawsuit filed by the Tampa Bay Family Law Center.
It seeks to have the Supreme Court overturn the court’s previous decision and increase the lawyer’s compensation from $8,000 to $9.2, and to pay the lawyer and the court an additional $1.8 million in compensation.
In the lawsuit, the Florida Court of Appeal upheld a lower court ruling that said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement did not have the authority to impose a salary increase and instead relied on a 2010 law that limited the compensation of the state’s attorneys.
The Florida Supreme Courts earlier in 2015 upheld the lower court’s ruling.
The court’s decision on Thursday, which also overturned the law, said that because of the law’s limitations, the Legislature had not passed any law restricting compensation.