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Attorneys Can Bill Full-Time for Travel Time

Posted by Judie Bronsther | Jun 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

In Ysasi v Brown, Dist. Court, D. New Mexico 2015, District Judge James Browning ruled that attorneys can bill full time for travel time. The Court reasoned that, “the Court did not charge one- half rates when it was in practice and did not think most of the bar did — neither the plaintiff's bar ...

Court Cuts Fee Request of $932,900 to $74,000

Posted by Judie Bronsther | Mar 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

In Walton v Dawson (Dist. Court, ED Missouri 2015), the Court found that the Plaintiff's fee request of $932,900 was unreasonable. Among the reasons that the court drastically reduced the fee award were:   1)    The Court excluded the time of an attorney whose primary role was to prepare a witn...

Facebook’s Attorney Fee Request Reduced by 77%

Posted by Judie Bronsther | Feb 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

On February 19, 2015, Judge Alsup ruled in Facebook vs. Grunin (United States District Court, Northern District of California, No. C 14-02323 WHA) that Facebook's fee request of $325,129 should be reduced to $75,000. Judge Alsup considered an outright denial of all fees and expenses due to an ina...

Law Firm Cost Recovery – An Unethical Profit Center?

Posted by Judie Bronsther | Nov 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Disbursements can account for 30% of legal bills, and recently clients have been homing in on them with concern.  Gone are the days when, without much inquiry, clients funded their lawyers' “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” travel, accommodations, meals and wine.  Now those expenses are receivi...

How and Why Courts Reduce Attorney Fee Awards

Posted by Judie Bronsther | Nov 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Legal fee disputes arising in a fee-shifting context or contract dispute have reached unprecedented levels, with no signs of abating.  Regardless of whether you are submitting or opposing a fee application, there are some hard and fast rules you need to know. First, the party seeking attorneys' ...

Class Action Fee Request: Outrageously Unreasonable

Posted by Judie Bronsther | May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

A district court is supposed to assume the role of fiduciary for class plaintiffs when awarding attorneys' fees from a common fund. Since there is an inherent conflict of interests when plaintiffs' lawyers are simultaneously negotiating for the class and their own fees, courts have the power (and...

What Can a Law Firm’s Billing Methodology Reveal?

Posted by Judie Bronsther | May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Most lawyers are honest and their bills reflect what was actually done.  However, a law firm's billing methodology can artificially increase the legal bill (i.e. bill padding) even though the law firm's intent may not have been to overstate the amount of time required for the work performed. Cal...

Are Retainer Agreements Sacrosanct?

Posted by Judie Bronsther | May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Attorneys are in the unique position of being both officers of the court (that is, quasi public officials) and entrepreneurs engaged in operating businesses that need to make a profit in order to survive. So, unlike other entrepreneurs, lawyers cannot make an unreasonable profit. In fact, there a...

Inflationary Minimum Billing Increments

Posted by Judie Bronsther | May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

It is common practice for law firms to bill in six-minute (.10 hour) billing increments. Legal service consumers should make sure that law firms are not artificially inflating their legal bills by slicing their efforts into many separate tasks and thereby billing each entry (phone call, email, ro...

Legal Fee Articles

Posted by Judie Bronsther | May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Below is a list of articles on legal fees: Economic Realities Force General Counsel to Take a Hard Look at Legal Cost ControlHGExperts.com Law Firms Can Use Audit to Improve RelationshipsOhio Lawyers Weekly Getting The Most for Your Legal DollarLaw Department Management Advisor In-House ...

About Accountability Services, Inc.

Posted by Judie Bronsther | May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Since 1991, Accountability Services, Inc., has been assisting corporations, government entities, bankruptcy courts, insurance companies and individuals in managing and reducing their legal fees without sacrificing quality, with a variety of proven techniques including: Legal Auditing Historic ...

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Accountability Services, one of the pioneers of the legal cost control and auditing industry, has proven techniques that result in significant savings.

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Since 1991, our legal auditors have reviewed over a billion dollars in legal fees and have reduced legal bills as much as 46% with our legal cost control services and 67% with our expert witness testimony.