Friday, February 12, 2016
Leeson Lawfirm Arson Sparks Lawsuit Against City Worker
It's against the City's Recreation Coordinator, Mark Atkinson, whose salary this year is budgeted at $59,259.00. Bill Leeson is the Solicitor for the City, and they both work in the same building. Jay Leeson is a former Solicitor and member of City Council who currently serves as a United States District Court judge.
Selective Insurance Company, acting as the subrogee of the Leeson law firm and DMAR Construction, filed suit in Northampton County on February 3. Atkinson, who lives on the 4300 block of Greenfield Drive, is named as the Defendant in what is known as a writ of summons. Simply put, that is a notice to a person that he is being sued, and is a way to keep a claim alive when the statute of limitations is set to expire.
Nobody's talking. Attorney Steve Kluxen, who filed the writ of summons, failed to return a phone call seeking information. Bill Leeson, who is City Solicitor, also declined to comment on the case. Atkinson failed to return several calls.
Atkinson incidentally is one of ten City workers who shared in a $1 million Powerball jackpot just days after the arson.
No criminal charges have been filed against Atkinson.