Friday, July 6, 2012

Attorney Fees

Every case is different, and a client's retainer agreement will govern the fee-arrangement in any individual case. In general, however, the rates I charge are as follows:

Private Civil Litigation, Business, and Matrimonial - $400 - $450 per hour, plus costs and disbursements, with an initial up-front retainer based on anticipated work and complexity.

Employment Discrimination - In plaintiff-side discrimination and harassment cases, fees are often the greater of one-third or court awarded fees, with costs, disbursements, and other fees paid by the client or advanced for the client (depending on financial ability, complexity of the case, or other factors). Defense cases and union grievences are treated as private civil litigation. Severence Disputes are addressed on a case by case basis.

Personal Injury - one-third contingency (if no recovery, then no fee), with disbursements taken off the top, or advanced by the client directly, depending on the circumstances.

Transactions may be billed hourly, or on a flat fee, on a case-by-case basis.

Insurers, Unions, and Municipalities may have negotiated rates.

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