All NALFA membership benefits are designed to provide our members with the tools, resources, and opportunities to promote their work and expand their expertise in legal fee analysis. Our members are fully qualified attorney fee experts, special fee masters, bankruptcy fee examiners, fee dispute neutrals, and legal bill auditors.
Promote Your Work & Expand Your Knowledge in Legal Fee Analysis
Follow Best Practices in Legal Fee Analysis
NALFA members pledge to follow the Best Practices in Legal Fee Analysis. Our best practice measures represent the professional mainstream of legal fee analysis. In observing these peer review driven standards, our members can ensure that their clients will receive integrity in the process and reliability in the results.
New Client Referrals
As an A.M. Best's Client Recommended Expert Service Provider, corporations and law firms (both fee-seeking and fee-challenging) routinely turn to NALFA on a range of large, complex attorney fee and legal billing matters. We refer these clients to our membership, and in certain cases may recommend specific members.
Member-to-Member Referral Program
Our members can turn to one another when a conflict arises. We encourage our members to exchange attorney fee and legal billing cases and clients with one another when an ethical, business, or personal conflict of interest arises.
Professional Certificate of Qualification
Upon joining NALFA, members will receive a professional certificate of qualification. This professional certificate shows that they are certified in their member category and follow Best Practices in Legal Fee Analysis. NALFA also provides a logo for members for use on their website.
Updates on the Latest Jurisprudence & Scholarship on Reasonable Attorney Fees
NALFA members will receive regular e-mail updates on the latest jurisprudence and scholarship on reasonable attorney fees from across the U.S. These e-mail updates report on important attorney fee case law and reliable studies, reports, and articles on attorney fees and legal billing matters. NALFA members will also be featured in NALFA's "Eye on the Experts", a section that focuses on one specific member.
Listing in Membership Directory with Profile Quote & Profile Page
NALFA members will be listed in our online membership directory. Members will be provided their own profile page with relevant contact and bio information. To better serve clients, these profile pages will only list substantive fee and billing related engagements. NALFA also provides members with profiles quotes. These profiles quotes are based on bio, CV, case summaries, and case materials provided to NALFA.
Promote News in NALFA's News Blog
NALFA members can promote news in our News Blog, the only blog specifically devoted to national attorney fee and legal billing matters. Members can take advantage of reaching a national audience by posting news, articles, and announcements in NALFA's News Blog, a heavily trafficked site and a great source for attorney fee and legal billing information.
Free CLE & Professional Development Programs
NALFA hosts CLE and professional development programs on attorney fee and legal billing topics. All our programs (live and on-demand) are free for NALFA members. This amounts to over 20 hours of free educational programming in one year. Our CLE and professional development programs are the perfect opportunity for members to build on their knowledge base and remain proficient in legal fee analysis.
Faculty Standing & Permanent Sponsorship Status
We invite our members to participate in our CLE and professional development programs as panelists and sponsors. By participating in our CLE and professional development programs, members not only help develop program content, but also help shape the growing body of scholarship on a range of attorney fee issues. All our members have faculty standing. All firm members are considered permanent program sponsors and receive additional sponsorship level benefits.
Podcast Interview Opportunities
NALFA hosts a podcast series on attorney fee issues. NALFA interviews our members on their background, area of expertise, and on other attorney fee and legal billing issues. These podcasts are done in a relaxed and casual format. NALFA Podcasts are featured in our emails, available on our website, and are free to all.
Our members build lasting relationships with fellow members, colleagues, sponsors, faculty, and potential clients by networking online and in-person at NALFA events and programs. Networking with other members and peers is an excellent way to build new lines of business and expand your area of expertise.
Amicus Brief Projects
NALFA gets asked to submit amicus briefs in state and federal appellate courts on behalf of parties involved in attorney fee issues on appeal. Our members are in a position to write these appellate briefs to assist courts in crafting new jurisprudence on reasonable attorney fees on a range of issues in a number of practice areas.
Individuals and firms must qualify for membership. A minimum of 5 years of complex litigation and trial experience is required for individuals to qualify for membership.
For questions on the membership benefits and annual dues, contact Terry Jesse, NALFA Executive Director, at (312) 907-7275 (direct) or email firstname.lastname@example.org