Legal Bill Audit Blog

A story in the online ABA Journal on Feb. 21 told of a lawsuit filed against legal giant Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) in Federal Court in Houston. The suit alleges that the firm engaged in "egregious overbilling" after it was hired last May to wind down several companies. Of course, whether MoFo (that's how the firm refers...

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Ah, the beginning of a new year. And with the beginning of a new year often come a request or notice from your attorney that she is going to raise her hourly billing rate. As I often come across this issue in reviewing legal bills in cases or other legal matters which drag on for years,...

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Legal bills can be very complicated documents involving so many different parts. As a result, they can be very intimidating to people to understand even for people who see legal bills on a regular basis.  So, where do you start when reviewing a legal bill? In my seminars on How to Review Legal Bills Like a...

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Electronic filing (e-filing) of documents with state courts  is sweeping the country. If it is not yet in your state, chances are that it will be soon. Here is a list of the status of e-filing in state courts in the states. Preceding the implementation of e-filing programs, seminars and written material have been provided to lawyers...

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If you read my first blog piece in this series, you will recall that I noted ABA Ethics Committee Formal Opn. 93-379 (1993) on Billing for Professional Fees, Costs,  Disbursements, and Other Expenses stated that several Rules of Professional Conduct affect how lawyers ethically can bill for their services. The Opinion specifically mentions RPC 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 3.2,...

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In my last post on this subject, I discussed the need to come to an upfront agreement with the attorney handling your case on the appropriate level and mix of any additional attorney staff that might be needed to handle your case. Notwithstanding the need to agree on the attorneys who might be regularly working...

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