Contract for Legal Service Form

December 2008
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CONTRACT FOR LEGAL SERVICES
This Contract for Legal Services (“Contract”), entered into as of the DAY of MONTH,
YEAR, by and between NAME OF LAW FIRM, hereinafter called the Law Firm” and the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, acting by and through the NAME OF
DEPARTMENT/AGENCY, hereinafter called the “Department.”
WHEREAS, the Department has a need for professional and specialized legal services to
represent the Department in matters described in Appendix A; and
WHEREAS, the Law Firm has represented that it is qualified to and has agreed to perform
such professional and specialized legal services.
NOW, THEREFORE, the Department and the Law Firm, with the intention of being legally
bound, hereby agree as follows:
1. Definitions. The following definitions shall apply when used in this Contract:
a. “General Counsel” shall mean the Governor’s General Counsel, who serves as chief
legal advisor to the Governor and supervises, coordinates, and administers the legal services for each
Executive Agency pursuant to the Commonwealth Attorneys Act (71 P.S. §§ 732-101 et seq.), or her
designee.
b. “Department” shall mean the NAME OF DEPARTMENT/AGENCY, a governmental
entity of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the Governor’s jurisdiction. The NAME OF
DEPARTMENT/AGENCY Office of Chief Counsel shall serve as the main contact for all
references to “Department” in this Contract.
2. Services. The Law Firm shall perform the services described in Appendix A of this
Contract.
3. Compensation. The Law Firm shall be compensated by the Department for the services
contracted for in an amount not to exceed $AMOUNT, in accordance with the provisions
established in Appendices B and C of this Contract.
4. Term of Contract.
a. The term of this Contract shall commence on the date of the issuance of the Purchase
Order hereunder and shall end on TERMINATION DATE, subject to the other provisions of this
Contract.
b. Except as otherwise specifically provided for herein, the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania, including the Department, shall not be liable to pay the Law Firm for any services or
work performed or expenses incurred before the issuance of the Purchase Order hereunder.
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