Tag Archives: Legal Fees: Law & Management

Getting To Know You: Your first step with a new client may be your last

Lawyers dealing with all sorts of clients — sophisticated or not so sophisticated — need to start the potential relationship off right.  “Playing lawyer” with a nervous or demanding client can backfire.  Being a know it all or, conversely, claiming … Continue reading

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Prix Fixe: Setting standard legal fees is illegal price fixing

While there are other stories about the acceptance of the billable hour as a de facto standard for legal billing, this is one of the more entertaining I have seen.  This is the story of how the US Supreme Court … Continue reading

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Just Say No: Sometimes it’s not worth hiring a lawyer for your legal problem

Here’s some online advice by a lawyer suggesting when you should not hire a lawyer.  Often lawyers feel compelled, by their financial interest but also by ethics rules pushing them to genuflect to the bar.  Unlike most of these self-serving … Continue reading

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Trying Times: Fake your trial experience to attract clients

The general public and nearly all clients — even major clients with in-house counsel and lots of client-side litigation experience — assume that lawyers who claim to be litigators or trial lawyers must have substantial trial experience and go to … Continue reading

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Disabled Lawyering: Lawyer impersonates colleague to double dip veterans’ fees

Just when you think you’ve heard all the ways a rogue lawyer might find to overcharge a client, along comes a story like this one.  It seems a lawyer used a friend’s identity to illegally double bill disabled veterans for … Continue reading

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Pyramid Scheme: Contract lawyers treated like slaves for lawyer profit

There’s a new layer at the bottom of the billable hours pyramid.  The top is still occupied by partners, followed by non-partner lawyers, and then by the fairly recent paralegal and other quasi-clerical layers.  But, in the last few years, … Continue reading

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Fire the Client: Law firm accused of malpractice knocks out estate administrator

A common complaint we hear about lawyers arises in the administration of wills, estates, and trusts.  Often the problem is that the lawyer double dips by serving both as the lawyer billing the estate for legal work (needed or otherwise) … Continue reading

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Caught In A Webb: Ferguson hires high profile lawyer to fight US DOJ reforms

High hourly rates charged by some lawyers make headlines, like this one from the Chicago Tribune:  Ferguson to pay Chicago lawyer Dan Webb $1,335 an hour to pursue reforms.  The “Ferguson” is the small, economically challenged suburb of St. Louis … Continue reading

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Strange Bedfellows: Companies complain about relationships between attorneys general and plaintiff law firms

Some states, often through their attorneys general, are entering into lucrative contingent fee contracts with plaintiff law firms who make millions of dollars by representing the rights of the state (and taxpayers), at the expense of alleged wrongdoers, but also … Continue reading

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Suspended Disbelief: Bar suspends lawyer who took $450K with OCD excuse

People have gone to jail for decades for stealing a few dollars in cash or merchandise.  So why is the Illinois Bar, after several years, just suspending the law license of a lawyer (who admits he took $69,000, or is … Continue reading

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