Category: fees

  • But My Way is Really Best

    For some reason, it happens in May: criminal-defense lawyers' fancies turn to . . . getting paid. This time 'round, Norm Pattis started it with Flat Fees, Black Holes, and the Value of Chaos: There are cross-cutting incentives in a flat-fee case. The client has paid for a lawyer and wants her expectations, no matter […]

  • Criminal Practice: The Treadmill

    I charge bigger fees . . . so I can take fewer cases . . . so I can give each case more attention . . . so I can get better results . . . so I can charge bigger fees . . . so I can take fewer cases . . . I […]

  • Because The Customer Is, At That Point, Often Wrong

    My Paladin Didn’t Charge Split Fees post stirred up some interesting discussion between criminal-defense lawyers and others in the comments. Mississippi criminal-defense lawyer Remy Orozco, who wrote the post that inspired mine, commented: This last year in private practice has brought me very few cases where my clients actually wanted to go to trial . […]

  • Paladin Didn’t Charge Split Fees.

    Everyone thinks that his way is the best. In his “How to Hire a Gun Slinger…” blog post (a staple of criminal law blawgs: the post suggesting to potential clients criteria they should look for in hiring a lawyer, and explaining how the blogger fits those criteria; I may have written that post a time […]

  • Big Trouble Only

    A few rules for those looking to hire a criminal-defense lawyer to represent them in Houston: If you’ve been arrested for a felony, and you don’t think you’re in at least $10,000 worth of trouble, please call someone else. Some cases are going to cost a lot more than $10,000 to defend. No felony charge […]

  • Free Consultations No More?

    New York criminal-defense lawyer Scott Greenfield writes that he feels taken advantage of by people who use his free consultations to get free legal advice; he’s begun charging for consultations. Rarely having a problem with people meeting with me on pretexts, I hadn’t seriously considered charging for consultations, but right up until Scott’s last paragraph, […]

  • More Proof that Higher Fees are Better

    NPR: people get better results from more expensive pills!

  • The Six-Figure Negative Fee

    Here’s an interesting one: The Conroe Courier reports a half-million dollar civil verdict against a criminal lawyer in Montgomery County, Texas (the county to the north of Harris County) whose client accused him of extortion. Apparently the lawyer charged the client $1000 for a motion to revoke probation on a felony DWI case and then, […]

  • Trial Insurance

    Gideon wrote today about the cost of jury trial, noting that many citizens-accused with retained counsel can’t afford to pay for a jury trial. He asked, Who can do something to avoid this? Should clients always assume they will go to trial and hire only attorneys they can afford? Should attorneys not charge a subsequent […]