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Law firms have soaked up millions of dollars in legal fees during the water war over Lake Lanier.

And there’s likely to be more money in the pipeline as Georgia, Alabama and Florida deal with a recent judge’s decision that requires a resolution within three years.

Georgia has spent nearly $7 million on outside legal fees to fight the tri-state water war, AJC reporter Jeffry Scott writes.

Russ Willard, spokesman for the state attorney general’s office, said Georgia paid $6.7 million to McKenna Long & Aldridge, since 1996. Before that, Willard said, in-house counsel handled the case.

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Regional Commission said it has spent $5 million on the same litigation over the water in Lake Lanier, Scott writes.

The Atlanta firm of King & Spalding has been handling the Atlanta Regional Commission’s litigation in the case at least since 1999, said the ARC’s Julie Ralston, The $5 million total does not include the agency’s legal expenses from 1999 to 2001.

Ralston said the fees paid to King & Spalding came from municipalities that joined in the battle, including the city of Atlanta and DeKalb and Fulton counties.

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