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The NALFA

CLE Programs

NALFA is the nation's leading CLE provider of programs on attorney fees and legal billing.  Our CLE programs are live, remote, and multi-state.  All our CLE programs are free for our members, faculty, and fellows.  A $100.00 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 Ethical Billing & Reasonable Fees and qualify for NALFA fellowship.
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  CLE Webinar: "Establishing Hourly Rates: It's All Local"
  January 27, 2022 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
  2.00 CLE Credit Hours in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX (Pending)
  Tuition: $300.00


Faculty
Ronald L. Burdge, Principal, Burdge Law Office (Dayton, OH)
Peter K. Rosen, ADR Neutral, JAMS (Los Angeles, CA)
Richard M. Pearl, Principal, Law Offices of Richard M. Pearl (Berkeley, CA)

Course Description
Hourly billing rates remain one of the most important data points in the practice of litigation.  Our panel of experts have a substantive and data-driven discussion on the factors that determine prevailing market hourly rates for partners, associates, and staff attorneys. Panelists examine the major hourly rate factors including location, years in practice, practice area, and size of law firm.  Panelists also explore the economics, market variables 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"
  March 31, 2022 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
  2.00 ETHICS Credit Hours Sought in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX
  Tuition: $300.00


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Course Description
The law and ethics of attorney fees prevent the practice of litigation from being just another capitalist enterprise.  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 in attorney fee ethics including the ethics of fee agreements, fee disputes, division of fees, fee collection, fees paid by cryptocurrency, litigation financing, 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: "Courtroom Calculations: Judges on Awarding Attorney Fees"
  May 26, 2022 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
  2.00 CLE Credit Hours Sought in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX
  Tuition: $300.00


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Course Description
Only judges can approve attorney fee awards.  A panel of sitting federal judges address a range of issues on awarding attorney fees and expenses in large, complex federal litigation.  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 requests and provide practice tips for fee-seeking and fee-challenging litigators.  Course materials included.

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  CLE Webinar: "Proving Attorney Fees in Litigation"
  July 28, 2022 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
  2.00 CLE Credit Hours Sought in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX
  Tuition: $300.00


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Course Description
Attorney fee requests must be proven in court.  More and more judges are relying on the work of outside expertise to award attorney fees and expenses in large, complex cases.  Litigants are also turning to outside attorney fee experts to prove reasonable attorney fees in court or arbitration.  Our panel of fully qualified attorney fee experts discuss a range of issues that arise in the fee-setting stage of litigation.  Panelists cover proving 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 Class Actions"
  September 29, 2022 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
  2.00 CLE Credit Hours Sought in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX
  Tuition: $300.00


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Course Description
Class actions generate the largest attorney 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 methods in mega-cases, fee reductions, and more.  Panelists also consider hot issues on attorney fees in class actions including fee recovery strategies, responding to objectors, 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: "Big Law Billing in Big Bankruptcy"
  November 17, 2022 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
  2.00 CLE Credit Hours Sought in CA, FL, GA, IL, OH, PA & TX
  Tuition: $300.00


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In large bankruptcy cases, professional fees can quickly grow into the millions of dollars.  Panelists cover a range of fee, rate, and billing issues that arise in large Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.  Panelists take an in-depth look at the role of the bankruptcy fee examiner, the process of legal bill review, hourly rates, expenses, and ways U.S. Bankruptcy Courts manage fees and expenses in major reorganization cases.  Panelists also examine practicing under the updated USTP Fee Guidelines, new developments post-ASARCO, and consider fee and billing issues in current large bankruptcy matters.  Course materials included.

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