City of Palm Coast Approves Contract with Douglas Law Firm as New City Attorney

The Palm Coast City Council has unanimously approved a contract with the Douglas Law Firm to provide legal services to the city, effective April 3, 2024. This decision marks a significant transition as the Douglas Law Firm steps into the role previously held by Garganese, Weiss D’Agresta & Salzman, P.A., which has dutifully served the city for nearly 17 years.

Under the terms of the contract, the Douglas Law Firm will serve as the City Attorney, with Marcus Duffy designated as the attorney to fulfill this role. Mr. Duffy will serve in accordance with the City’s Charter and will be responsible for attending all City Council Meetings. Additionally, other attorneys from the firm will provide legal services to the city as needed.

Mr. Duffy graduated from Flagler Palm Coast High School before attending Florida Southern College and Barry University. After passing the Florida Bar in 2017, he dedicated six years of service to the United States Air Force. He garnered numerous accolades throughout his tenure, including the prestigious Air Force Central Command Attorney of the Quarter for Southeast Asia and the Meritorious Service Medal for his exceptional work abroad. He was also recognized as the Company Grade Officer of the Year (2022) for the Operations and International Law Domain within the Office of the Judge Advocate General. As he transitions to civilian life, Mr. Duffy remains committed to his military service, continuing to serve as a JAG officer in the Air Force Reserve.

The services provided by the Douglas Law Firm will encompass a wide range of legal responsibilities crucial to the city’s functioning. These include preparing and filing pleadings, motions, and briefs; representing the city in litigation; conducting discovery; drafting and reviewing ordinances, resolutions, contracts, and correspondence; providing legal research and advice; attending meetings; assisting in bond transactions and bids; completing real property transactions; prosecuting code enforcement citations; and fulfilling any other legal needs as required by the City Council or City Manager.

In recognizing the exemplary service of the outgoing law firm, the City of Palm Coast expresses its gratitude to Garganese, Weiss D’Agresta & Salzman, P.A. for their dedicated support over the years. They will play a vital role in facilitating a smooth transition to the new legal representation provided by the Douglas Law Firm.

The City Council looks forward to the commencement of this new partnership and is confident in the Douglas Law Firm’s ability to uphold the highest standards of legal counsel for the City of Palm Coast.