The Philadelphia Housing Authority has selected a former Pennsylvania general counsel and former bond lawyer to lead the rebuilding of its general counsel office. 

Barbara Adams has 33 years of experience, including nearly six as state general counsel under former Gov. Ed Rendell. She will begin work on Aug. 1 and earn $160,000 per year.

Adams will fill a position that has been vacant since 2008. Carl Greene, fired as chairman last September amid allegations of sexual harassment and a related cover-up, had outsourced PHA legal work to Philadelphia law firms. Reducing the cost of legal bills is a priority for Adams, the authority said in a statement.

She spent 28 years at law firm Duane Morris LLP in Philadelphia, where she oversaw the growth of its finance practice group.

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