You would have to hire a seven-figure team of attorneys for this trial,” said Steve Jackson, president of the American Association for Justice.
Hogan has already set aside much more than that in preparation for his defense. The governor has hired two private firms to assess his legal exposure and draw up contingency plans if Hogan loses. He also retained law firm Brian Frankel & Co., which is expected to conduct an independent review of the state’s open records laws after Defense Secretary Mark Esper threatened last week to withhold access unless negotiations with Hogan were resolved first. On Thursday, another group called Open Maryland released its own analysis suggesting that even if the governor wins at trial he could still face financial penalties or fines related to his office’s use of taxpayer funds on out-of-state trips featuring special guests like Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.