Answers to your questions about legal costs
Our fee structure for legal representation and neutral mediation services is based on hourly charges. At present our rates rates range from $195 per hour to $350 per hour for attorney and mediator time. These rates are tied to specific attorneys and mediators in our office, and reflect the experience level of the attorney or mediator. Paralegal time is billed at $150 hourly.
In Mediation cases the hourly rate is typically split by the participants as they decide is appropriate. One reason that mediation is cost-effective is because clients share payment of the mediator’s hourly rate.
In every case we will provide a written engagement agreement that details our scope of services to you, and the hourly fees and legal costs that will be charged. In most cases we require a retainer to be paid at the time the engagement agreement is signed. Generally our initial retainers range from $2,500 to $10,000, depending on the type of case, the anticipated level of work involved, and other case-specific factors. Mediation cases typically involve the lowest retainers. We will discuss retainer arrangements with you in detail before the engagement agreement is signed. When services are concluded you will receive any unused balances that remain in your retainer account.
When warranted by specific financial or other circumstances, we will attempt to accommodate client requests for customized fee structures.
Payment of retainers and invoices can be made by credit card via our online service, Law Pay. Via our Clio billing system we send itemized invoices on a monthly basis. Unless other arrangements have been made, payment is due when the invoice is received. Payments over thirty days carry interest charges as specified in our engagement letter.”