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Earn a Certificate in Reasonable Attorney Fees

August 9, 2017

NALFA is the nation's leading CLE provider of events and programs on attorney fee and legal billing topics.  Since 2008, NALFA has hosted over 20 different events and programs on a number of attorney fee and legal billing matters in several key practice areas.  Hundreds of attorneys and other professionals from across the U.S. have registered and participated in these programs.  Several of our faculty have included sitting federal judges. 

NALFA is now offering a Certificate in Reasonable Attorney Fees for registered guests of multiple programs.  Attorneys who register for 4 or more programs within a year will earn the Certificate in Reasonable Attorney Fees.  This is the nation’s first and only certification of its kind.  This certificate is open to paralegals and insurance claim professionals.  Candidates for this certificate must submit their current CV to NALFA.

“We’re excited about this new certification,” said Terry Jesse, Executive Director of NALFA.  “This certification is an excellent way for attorneys to show their clients they're accredited in reasonable attorney fees.  Attorneys who earn this certification are highly knowledgeable in the 5 key substantive areas of attorney fee ethics, fee agreements, fee entitlement, fee award factors, and fee disputes.” Jesse said.

For more on NALFA CLE and professional development programs, visit http://www.thenalfa.org/CLE-Programs/.

NALFA Podcast with Andy Jardini

August 7, 2017

NALFA hosts a podcast series on attorney fee issues.  We talk to thought leaders, attorney fee experts and attorney fee newsmakers who’ve help shape and influence the jurisprudence of reasonable attorney fees.  NALFA interviews members, faculty, judges, law professors, in-house counsel and others to discuss a range of issues on attorney fee and legal billing matters.

NALFA’s fifth podcast featured an interview with NALFA member Andy Jardini.  Andy Jardini is managing partner of KPC Legal Audit in Glendale, CA.  Andy has developed a particularized practice regarding the review and analysis of legal billings.  Since 1986, he has performed services on behalf of a wide variety of clients concerning all aspects of the issues of reasonableness and compensability of legal fees.  Under the auspices of KPC Legal Audit Services, Andy has performed more than 1,000 audits, involving more than $1 billion in legal fees.  His services have been rendered as a consultant, an expert witness in litigation, and as an attorney in fee litigation.

The NALFA podcast with Andy Jardini focused on his work as a litigator and as an attorney fee expert.  Jardini discussed several issues in the attorney fee arena including fee-shifting litigation, attorney fee agreements and proper billing practices.  Jardini also discussed the use of technology and human interface in reviewing legal fees for reasonableness.

“This podcast series is the perfect broadcast format to discuss attorney fee issues,” said Terry Jesse, Executive Director of NALFA.  “Andy’s a pioneer in legal fee analysis and one of the nation’s top attorney fee experts.  It was great to learn about his early career and the important work he does at KPC Legal Audit,” Jesse conclude.  Click on the link below to listen to the NALFA podcast:

https://soundcloud.com/thenalfa/nalfa-podcast-with-andy-jardini

NALFA’s Fee Dispute Mediation Program Achieves 86% Success Rate

July 19, 2017

NALFA’s Fee Dispute Mediation Program is the nation’s only program devoted exclusively to resolving attorney-client fee disputes.  NALFA’s Fee Dispute Mediation Program recently reached an achievement:  Since the program began, NALFA’s Fee Dispute Mediation Program has achieved an 86% success rate—parties who mediate in a session are resolved six out of every seven times.  This rate is significantly higher than most bar-administered fee dispute programs.  NALFA has settled over $5 million in disputed attorney fees between parties in over 40 cases.  The cases were brought by corporate clients and law firms ranging from fee disputes of $32,000 to $975,000 from across the U.S.  One fee dispute case was from the UK.

Attorney fee disputes are the result of a breakdown in the attorney-client relationship.  This breakdown may be a misunderstanding in the fee agreement or confusion over the law firm billing records.  Whatever the cause, mediation is the quickest, simplest, and most cost-effective way to resolve these attorney fee disputes.  NALFA fee dispute program is a private mediation service specifically designed to resolve attorney fee disputes of all types and sizes.

NALFA's fee dispute mediators are uniquely qualified to resolve fee disputes between parties in a cost effective and confidential manner.  These fee dispute mediators are trained neutrals who understand the underlying issues in fee and billing dispute matters.  Our fee dispute mediators are highly knowledgeable on reasonable attorney fees and proper legal billing practices.  They understand the array of issues in fee dispute cases such as fee agreements, hourly rates, billing practices and attorney fee ethics.

Unburden by bar association rules, NALFA provides parties with a mediation process that is flexibility, responsive and cost-effective.  Parties control when and where the mediation will occur, who will serve as the mediator, and whether they will accept a settlement offer.  Unlike most bar-administered programs, NALFA stays with the fee dispute case as long as necessary to bring it to a resolution.

"Our 86% success rate belongs to the outstanding work of our members, some of the nation's top rated fee dispute mediators," said Terry Jesse, Executive Director of NALFA.  "Their understanding of fee issues and their mediation skills are the reason we're celebrating this achievement," Jesse concluded.

NALFA Podcast with CalAttorneysFees.com Blog’s Marc & Mike

July 12, 2017

NALFA hosts s podcast series on attorney fee issues.  We talk with thought leaders, attorney fee experts and attorney fee newsmakers who’ve help shape and influence the jurisprudence of reasonable attorney fees.  NALFA interviews members, faculty, judges, law professors, in-house counsel, and others on a range of attorney fee issues.

NALFA’s fourth podcast featured CalAttorneyFees.com Blog founders and contributors Marc Alexander and Mike Hensley of AlvardoSmith APC in Santa Ana.  Marc and Mike discuss the origins of their popular blog, big picture trends, and important attorney fee case from the past two years.

“These podcasts are the perfect broadcast format to discuss attorney fee issues,” said Terry Jesse, Executive Director of NALFA.  “It was great to get to know the litigators behind their blog and have them discuss trends and cases on attorney fees in California and beyond,” Jesse concluded.  For more on their blog, visit http://www.calattorneysfees.com/

Click on the link below to listen to the podcast:

https://soundcloud.com/thenalfa/nalfa-podcast-interview-with-marc-mike-of-calattorneysfeescom-blog

NALFA Conducts Custom Hourly Rate Surveys

July 4, 2017

NALFA conducts custom hourly rate surveys for law firms and courts.  NALFA surveys provide the most accurate and current hourly rates in a given practice area and jurisdiction.  Our hourly rate surveys assist state and federal courts in awarding attorney fees in large, complex litigation throughout the U.S.  Our surveys provide hourly rate data that assist courts in calculating attorney fee awards. 

Litigators and special fee masters rely on our hourly rates surveys in their fee requests and court recommendations.  Indeed, our surveys provide the accurate and authoritative information to prove prevailing hourly rates within a given jurisdiction and practice area.

Our hourly rate surveys are peer-benefiting.  As such, all participants of our survey will have access to the survey results.  In a comprehensive report our survey results will show hour rate data for partners and associates in an underlying practice area.  Indeed, participates of our surveys will see how their hourly rates compare to those of their peers in the same jurisdiction.