Ethics and the “Reasonable” Legal Fee

Thursday, July 28, 2016 | 6 pm – 8 pm

Program Co-Instructors:

Katie M. Lachter
Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP

Lindsay H. Tasher
Managing Director
Wyatt Partners, LLC

  • This program will feature a broad range of perspectives on the timely and evolving issue of legal fees. Our speakers will explore how courts, clients, and attorneys view the meaning of the phrase “reasonable fees”; current trends and developments in legal billing practices and the multitude of legal and ethical issues that arise regarding attorney’s fees, particularly when it comes to fee disputes. Through discussions of case law, the Rules of Professional Conduct, and their widely diverse range of experience on these issues, our speakers will lead an interactive discussion on a topic that affects everyone in today’s legal and business market.

    Live Program: $199 Member | $299 Nonmember

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  • Katie Lachter is a Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP. Ms. Lachter focuses her practice on attorney professional responsibility and risk management. She represents lawyers and law firms with respect to all aspects of legal ethics and the law governing lawyers. Having previously practiced for eight years as a litigator in both civil and criminal cases, Ms. Lachter is skilled in identifying potential problems before they arise and advocating on her clients’ behalf. She is also a national award-winning writer and a frequent speaker on professional responsibility issues.

    Lindsay H. Tasher is Managing Director at Wyatt Partners, where she focuses her time on attorney fee expert witness work, advising major corporations and law firms on the development of litigation budget programs and billing guidelines, and assessing and evaluating the reasonableness of attorneys’ fees in complex litigation in federal and state court throughout the United States.

  • 6:00 pm – 6:40 pm

    Part I: Rule 1.5 and the Reasonable Fee

    • Definition and History of the “Reasonable” Fee
    • Other Applicable Rules of Professional Conduct to the issue of Legal Fees

    6:40 pm – 7:15 pm

    Part II: Litigating Fee Disputes

    • Different types of fee disputes (Coverage Actions, Fee Applications, Fee Audits)
    • Preparing for your fee dispute (gathering materials, notifying necessary participants)
    • Traditional procedural steps of a fee dispute (motions, expert reports, depositions)
    • Fee Experts (general role, engagement agreements, scope of work, strategy)
    • Rule 1.5 Factors/Unreasonable Billing Practices as applied to a fee dispute
    • Corporate and Law Firm Case Management as applied to a fee dispute
    • Miscellaneous “Lessons Learned” from the litigation of fee disputes (here we address issues such as    Judge v. Jury, key strategic mistakes made by counsel/experts in fee disputes we’ve seen, the role of    “additional necessary discovery” in a fee dispute, etc.).

    7:15 pm – 7:45 pm

    Part III: Trends in Legal Billing

    • Litigation Budgeting & Support Programs
    • Outside Counsel Billing Guidelines
    • Alternative Fee Arrangements
    • Litigation Funding
    • Legal and Ethical Issues Pertaining to these Trends (including the relation to fee disputes)

    7:45 pm – 8:00 pm

    Part IV: Questions and Interactive Discussion

  • NY: 2.0 ethics
    NJ: 2.4 professional responsibility
    CA: 2.0 professional responsibility
    PA: 2.0 professional responsibility

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