Pat Gallagher is a member of NALFA's Attorney Fee Practice Group. Mr. Gallagher is a qualifed national attorney fee expert. He has provided expert opinion testimony as to the reasonableness of attorney fees in various litigation matters, including commerical loan enforcement, employment disputes, negligence and estate adminstration.
He has served as an expert for fee claimants, fee respondents, fiduciaries and attorneys. Pat has helped companies develop policies for counsel counsel retention and billing guidelines. Pat also mediates and arbitrates attorney fee disputes and is a facilitative mediator authorized by more than 32 District, Civil and Probate Courts. The following are cases where Pat has served as an expert witness:
Bank v. Borrower (Ingham County, Michigan Circuit Court) Expert opinion on behalf of Bank (testified by affidavit) regarding reasonable attorney fees owed to Bank by Borrower pursuant to contract provisions contained in documents associated with a $9,300,000 loan. The Court accepted Gallagher’s opinion that Bank was owed attorney fees in the reasonable amount of $247,121.50.
Estate of Deceased (Eaton County, Michigan Probate Court) - Expert Opinion testimony on behalf of personal representative of decedent’s estate at an evidentiary hearing re the reasonableness of personal representative’s fiduciary fees and the reasonableness of attorney fees incurred by counsel retained by the personal representative. The Court accepted Gallagher’s opinion as to the reasonableness of both (1) attorney fees in the amount of $20,965.63 and (2) personal representative’s fiduciary fees in the amount of $14,557.66.
Plaintiff v. Township - (Ingham County, Michigan Circuit Court) - Expert opinion testimony on behalf of Township at an evidentiary hearing re reasonableness attorney fee owed to Plaintiff pursuant to an MCR 2.403 case evaluation award. Plaintiff claimed attorney fees of $207,805. Court accepted Gallagher’s opinion as to a reduction in hours and also reduced hourly rates claimed by attorneys for Plaintiff. This resulted in reduction of $109,485 in attorney fees claimed by Plaintiff to $98,320.
Plaintiff v University (Michigan Circuit Court) – Expert opinion testimony at evidentiary hearing re the reasonableness of $254,251.81 in attorney fees claimed to be owed by a law firm pursuant to the Court’s order sanctioning the law firm (MCR 2.114) for filing a frivolous pleading in employment litigation. The Court found that Gallagher was an expert.
Husband v Wife (Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Lake County, Illinois) – Expert opinion (by Affidavit) on behalf of Plaintiff husband supporting Motion for Reconsideration to Order Granting Defendant wife’s Motion for Attorney Fees and Costs in the amount of $583,401.
Attorney v Client (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois County Department, Law Division) – Expert opinion at trial on behalf of Client re reasonableness of $103,012.27 in attorney fees claimed by the Law Firm against Client in fee dispute litigation. The Court found that Gallagher was an expert.