Maximizing Your Recovery in Fee-Shifting CasesBy Andy NormanFebruary 2015Article, Page 32Many federal and state actions provide for attorney fee-shifting, making a range of cases attractive that otherwise would not be. Here are tips for maximizing your recovery.
Recovering court costs and attorney’s fees in administrative appealsJanuary 2015Illinois Law Update, Page 16Pursuant to amendments to the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, if a municipal code hearing officer's decision is reversed by a court in an administrative review action, the plaintiff is entitled to all reasonable costs (including court costs and attorney's fees), provided that:
Recovering Attorney Fees for Defending Frivolous ClaimsBy Monte L. Mann and John Haarlow, Jr.September 2012Article, Page 474There are two routes to attorney fees for defending frivolous claims - a motion for Rule 137 sanctions and, rarely, a malicious prosecution claim. Here's a look at both.
Beyond the Billable HourBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2012Article, Page 80More clients - and lawyers for that matter - are looking for value-based alternatives to the billable hour. The good news? They can be a win-win for attorney and client.
The Five Biggest Business Mistakes Lawyers MakeBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2011Article, Page 444Too many lawyers - especially new ones - undervalue their services. It's a short-sighted approach that can lead to big trouble, this lawyer argues.
Federal courts have jurisdiction over legal malpractice claims in patent infringement casesJanuary 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 16On November 10, 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County finding, in a legal malpractice suit, that the contingent fee arrangement between the parties was not void, and that jurisdiction over the malpractice claim rested exclusively with the federal courts.
Coming January 1: New Rules of Professional ConductBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2009LawPulse, Page 386Among other things, the new rules clarify that flat fees do not constitute frowned-upon "advance payment retainers," which is good news for most lawyers.
1099s for deadbeat clients?By Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2009LawPulse, Page 10 A law-office management expert puts forth the option of sending a nonpaying client a 1099 for the value of your services. Is it really OK to do so?