Above, the L.A. County Superior Courthouse in Glendale, where the per capita cost for attorneys' fees is below the county average.

Above, the L.A. County Superior Courthouse in Glendale, where the per capita cost for attorneys' fees is below the county average. (Times Community News / April 19, 2012)

Burbank -- which has been entangled in a series of lawsuits over the years -- ranked No. 16 among 88 cities in Los Angeles County for the amount of money spent per capita on attorney fees.

The ranking was one of several findings included in a more than yearlong project by the Los Angeles Times investigating the impact of legal costs on city budgets.

At­tor­neys' fees con­sume less than 1% of the 2010 budgets in nearly half the county’s cit­ies, an av­er­age of about $25 per res­id­ent. But a hand­ful of cit­ies spend three to four times that much.

Burbank -- which lost a public records lawsuit filed by the Burbank Leader for salary and bonus pay, and which is slogging through a series of police officer discrimination lawsuits -- ranked in the top quarter in per capita spending at $39.

Pasadena and South Pasadena came in at No. 22 and 25, spending $29 and $26 per capita, respectively.

La Canada Flintidge was No. 30, spending $24 per capita. And Glendale ranked lowest in the tri-city region, spending $17 per capita, according to The Times database.

Here is the full list of 88 cit­ies with their av­er­age leg­al ex­penses for the years 2005 through 2010, ex­pressed as a per­cent­age of the city’s op­er­at­ing and re­devel­op­ment budgets and per cap­ita.

L.A. Times Project: Corruption can leave cities with enormous legal bills

L.A. Times Database: Attorney costs by city

-- Jason Wells, Times Community News

Twitter: @JasonBretWells