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The NALFA

CLE Programs

NALFA hosts CLE programs on attorney fee and legal billing topics.  Our CLE programs are live, remote, and multi-state.  All our CLE programs are free for our members, faculty, and fellows.  A $75.00 discount applies to registered guests from any previous NALFA program.  To register by phone, call us at (312) 907-7275 or CLICK HERE (pdf) to register by mail-in form.  Ask about our group rate discounts and free media passes.  If you register for 4 or more NALFA programs (live or on-demand), you'll earn a Certificate in Reasonable Attorney Fees and qualify for NALFA fellowship.
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  CLE Webinar: "Legal Fees & Billing Issues in Insurance Coverage Litigation"
  January 17, 2019 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
  2.00 CLE Credit Hours in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX (Pending)
  Tuition: $250.00


Faculty

Robert D. Allen, Principal, The Allen Law Group, PLLC (Dallas, TX)
Susan P. White, Partner, Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP (Los Angeles, CA)
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Course Description
Our panel of some of the nation's top insurance litigators address a range of attorney fee and legal billing issues that arise in the tripartite insurance relationship in all types of liability coverage areas. Panelists take an in-depth look at fee entitlement and fee recovery for attorneys representing insurers and corporate policyholders. Panelists examine billing guidelines, defending fees, fee discovery, and attorney fees as sanctions in bad faith situations. Panelists also survey recent court decisions and key state rulings on attorney fees in the insurance coverage context. Course materials included.

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  CLE Webinar: "Establishing Hourly Rates: It's All Local"
  January 31, 2019 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
  2.00 CLE Credit Hours Sought in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX
  Tuition: $250.00


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Hourly rates are the most important economic variable in the practice of law.  Our panel of experts discuss the factors that determine prevailing market hourly rates for partners, associates, and staff attorneys. Panelists examine the major hourly rate factors including location, practice area, position title, and size of law firm.  Panelists also explore the economic and market conditions that can effect hourly rates in the aggregate, best practices for conducting an hourly rate survey, and more. Course materials included.

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  CLE Webinar: "Attorney Fees & Ethics: It Pays To Be Reasonable"
  February 28, 2019 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
  2.00 ETHICS Credit Hours Sought in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX
  Tuition: $250.00


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Course Description
A panel of some of the nation's top legal ethics experts cover a range of ethical issues on attorney fees and legal billing. Panelists review the state ethical rules related to reasonable attorney fees and proper legal billing practices. Panelists address the latest issues on attorney fee ethics including ethical issues regarding fee splitting, litigation financing, settlement ethics and more. Panelists consider several real world ethical fee hypotheticals in the context of the business of law. Course materials included.

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  CLE Webinar: "Tips & Training: Navigating Attorney-Client Fee Disputes"
  March 14, 2019 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
  2.00 CLE Credit Hours Sought in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX
  Tuition: $250.00


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Course Description
Attorney fee disputes are often the result of a breakdown in the attorney-client relationship.  A panel of qualified fee dispute neutrals address a range of issues that arise in attorney fee disputes.  Panelists cover attorney fee dispute avoidance and resolution.  Panelists examine fee agreements, fee dispute clauses, key state bar rules and program, fee dispute economics, tips for all parties in fee disputes, and more.  Panelists also provide update training for fee dispute neutrals.  Course materials provided.

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  CLE Webinar: "Winning Prevailing Party Attorney Fees in Fee-Shifting Cases"
  March 28, 2019 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
  2.00 CLE Credit Hours Sought in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX
  Tuition: $250.00


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Despite the American Rule, fee-shifting litigation is prevalent throughout the U.S.  A panel of some of the nation's top litigators address a range of issues that arise in large, complex fee-shifting litigation.  Panelists discuss the different types of fee-shifting provisions and statutes, prevailing party issues, and winning and defeating prevailing party fee claims in court.  Panelists also consider fee entitlement issues, fees as sanctions or damages, use of fee experts, and methods for calculating reasonable prevailing party fees and expenses. Course materials included.

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  CLE Webinar: "View From the Bench: Awarding Attorney Fees in Federal Litigation"
  April 25, 2019 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
  2.00 CLE Credit Hours Sought in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX
  Tuition: $250.00


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Only judges can approve attorney fee awards.  A panel of sitting federal judges address a range of issues in awarding attorney fees and expenses in large, complex litigation in federal court.  Panelists discuss the nuts and bolts of attorney fee awards including fee calculation methods, attorney fee award factors, establishing hourly rates, attorney fee disputes, attorney fee allocation issues, and more.  Panelists also offer judicial insight on attorney fee claims and provide practice tips for fee-seeking and fee-challenging litigators.  Course materials included.

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  CLE Webinar: "Litigation Budgets & Legal Spend in Legal Departments"
  May 16, 2019 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
  2.00 CLE Credit Hours Sought in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX
  Tuition: $250.00


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Shareholders and corporate officials have a fiduciary duty to pay only reasonable fees and expenses in litigation.  A panel of in-house counsel address a range of issues in managing outside legal fees and costs in litigation.  Panelists discuss effective litigation management measures to control outside legal spend including litigation budgeting, legal bill review, the use of vendors, data, and software.  Panelists also cover the economic realities of litigation such as outside retention agreements, billing and fee disputes and more.  Course materials included.

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  CLE Webinar: "Outside Legal Bill Review Programs: Process & Methodology"
  May 30, 2019 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
  2.00 CLE Credit Hours Sought in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX
  Tuition: $250.00


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All legal bill review programs in the U.S. confront the same types of issues.  A panel of qualified legal bill auditors discuss their approach to analyzing legal billing entries in a variety of contexts.  Panelists address a range of issues including computerized versus manual review, billing guidelines issues, use of accumulated data and more.  Panelists also explore best practice measures and solutions to common challenges in legal fee analysis.  This program is designed for internal and outside legal bill review professionals, corporate counsel and defense counsel.  UK Costs Lawyers are invited to register.  Course materials included.

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  CLE Webinar: "Attorney Fees in Class Action Settlements"
  June 27, 2019 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
  2.00 CLE Credit Hours Sought in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX
  Tuition: $250.00


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Course Description
Class actions generate the largest fee awards.  A panel of some of the nation's top class counsel discuss a range of attorney fees issues in class action and other multi-party litigation.  Panelists discuss the latest class action jurisprudence on fee award factors, fee calculations method in mega-cases, fee reductions, and more.  Panelists also consider hot issues on attorney fees in class action including fee recovery strategies, responding to fee challenges, fee allocation issues, and fee issues in current mass torts.  Panelists also examine recent court trends in class action fee awards from across the U.S.  Course materials included.

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  CLE Webinar: "Proving Attorney Fees in Litigation"
  August 15, 2019 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
  2.00 CLE Credit Hours Sought in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX
  Tuition: $250.00


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Course Description
Attorney fee requests must be proven in court.  More and more judges are relying on the work of special fee masters to award attorney fees in large, complex cases.  Litigants are now turning to outside experts on attorney fees to prove reasonable attorney fees and expenses in court.  Our panel of fully qualified attorney fee experts discuss a range of issues that arise in the fee-setting stage of litigation.  Panelists cover establishing hour rates, utilizing data points in lawyering, employing all favorable fee award factors, and more.  Panelists also provide practice tips for fee-seeking and fee-challenging litigators.  Course materials included.

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CLE Webinar: "Attorney Fees in Qui Tam Whistleblower Actions"
August 29, 2019 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
2.00 CLE Credit Hours Sought in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX
Tuition: $250.00

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CLE Webinar: "View From the Bench: Awarding Attorney Fees in Federal Litigation"
September 26, 2019 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
2.00 CLE Credit Hours Sought in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX
Tuition: $250.00

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CLE Webinar: "Attorney Fee Awards in Patent Litigation Post-Octane"
October 17, 2019 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
2.00 CLE Credit Hours Sought in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX
Tuition: $250.00

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CLE Webinar: "Professional Fees in Large Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Cases"
October 31, 2019 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
2.00 CLE Credit Hours Sought in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX
Tuition: $250.00

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CLE Webinar: "Attorney Fees & Ethics: It Pays To Be Reasonable"
November 21, 2019 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
2.00 ETHICS Credit Hours Sought in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX
Tuition: $250.00

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CLE Webinar: "Legal Fees in Trust & Estate Cases"
December 12, 2019 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
2.00 CLE Credit Hours Sought in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX
Tuition: $250.00

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CLE Webinar: "E-Billing & Matter Management: Systems of Savings"
December 19, 2019 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
NALFA Professional Development Program
Tuition: $250.00

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2019 CLE Sponsors: "Program Partners & Thought Leaders on Reasonable Attorney Fees and Expenses"