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How to Prove an Attorney’s Reasonable Hourly Fee

California Lawyer - 11/17/2015

Partner Gerald G. Knapton authored the California Lawyer article titled, “How to Prove an Attorney’s Reasonable Hourly Fee.” The piece delves into three resources attorneys can use when evaluating rate requests: 1) the “Laffey Matrix,” offering tiered rates for lawyers, differentiated according to years of experience; 2) the “Real Rate Report,” a commercially prepared report of actual rates that have been paid by real clients; and 3) the “Legal Billing Report,” a compilation of hourly rates from bankruptcy court filings organized by case and timekeeper. Knapton notes that these datasets are helpful for both self-evaluations of rate requests and when presenting rate requests to the court or to opposing counsel. To read the full article, please click here.