Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Attorney Fees

When Can You Retain Client Files for Failure to Pay Fees?

By Patrick Sean Ginty
February
2004
Article
Page 97
While retaining liens can be effective, you should understand their scope and effect before you use them.

Correspondence from Our Readers

December
2003
Column
Page 590
"Incorrect assumptions" about involuntary psychiatric treatment.

Recovering Penalty Awards and Attorney Fees Under the Workers’ Compensation Act

By Michelle D. Porro
December
2003
Article
Page 610
Has a carrier unreasonably delayed payment to your client? This article reviews penalties and fee-award options.

Defendants judicially estopped from alleging that their attorney fees are unreasonable after petitioning for reimbursement for those same fees

September
2003
Illinois Law Update
Page 436
On June 12, 2003, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, affirmed the order of the Circuit Court of Cook County finding that the defendants were judicially estopped from disputing their legal fees.

Marketing Tips for Small Law Firms

By John W. Olmstead
September
2003
Column
Page 469
Small-firm lawyers can no longer ignore marketing and hope to survive, let alone thrive. Here are tips for ramping up your marketing effort.

Under Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, spouse can recover attorney fees for individual appellate claims on which he or she “substantially prevails”

April
2003
Illinois Law Update
Page 168
On January 24, 2003, the Illinois Supreme Court held that the appellate court had jurisdiction to reverse the trial court's award of attorney fees to the wife for an appeal in her action to dissolve her marriage.

Government to indemnify employees for attorney fees under Tort Immunity Act P.A. 92-0810

December
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 634
Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law an amendment to the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act.

Fee tax turns employment-lawsuit winner into loser

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2002
LawPulse
Page 506
Taxing attorney fee awards as income to the plaintiff threatens to reduce an employee's award to less than zero.

More Bread, Fewer Claims

By Karen J. Dilibert
June
2002
Column
Page 321
Want to increase your chances of collecting fees while sending clients away happy; or at least not fighting mad? Then read on.

To recover attorney fees from an appeal under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, the party appealing must “substantially prevail” by obtaining relief that is at least 50 percent of the relief sought

April
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 176
On February 6, 2002 the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District, addressed a question of first impression regarding the meaning of "substantially prevailed" in the attorney fees provision of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, 750 ILCS 5/508(a)(3.1).

Since there was no reliable evidence that an attorney could command his claimed market rate, it was proper to reduce both the attorney’s hourly rate and claimed hours

March
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 120
On December 26, 2001, the seventh circuit affirmed the district court and held that the district court acted reasonably by first, reducing an attorney's hourly rate from the $310 claimed to $205.

All reasonable attorney fees incurred in collection of back-due child support must be awarded when a finding is made that the failure to pay had no compelling cause or justification

October
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 516
On August 17, 2001, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, vacated the trial court's order and ordered the respondent to pay petitioner's reasonable attorney fees and costs.

An Insurer’s Rights in Illinois Under the Common Fund Doctrine

By Beth C. Boggs
May
2001
Article
Page 242
A review of the law and advice to help insurers avoid paying unjustified attorney fees.

“Compensatory damages” in section 9-102 of the Tort Immunity Act does not include attorney fees against municipalities

April
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 170
On February 16, 2001, the Illinois Supreme Court responded to the question of whether § 9-102 of the Illinois Tort Immunity Act permits the recovery of attorney fees against municipalities within its definition of compensatory damages.

A Conflicts Primer for General Practitioners

By Karrieann Couture Kroeger
April
2001
Article
Page 199
Common conflicts and how to avoid them.

Illinois Supreme Court 2000: The Last Work of the Court as We Knew It

By Nancy J. Arnold & Tim Eaton
April
2001
Article
Page 174
The last body of cases from a court that included Justices Bilandic, Heiple, Miller, and Rathje.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
April
2001
Column
Page 166
Police can keep suspects out of their own homes; adoption by one spouse only; arbitration clauses and fee agreements; and more.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
January
2001
Column
Page 10
Standard of review for fee suits; U.S. Supremes just say no to drug-sniffing dogs at checkpoints; employee claims rejected by 7CA; and more.

Correspondence from Our Readers

December
2000
Column
Page 678
Civility, please.

Allerton House Conference 2000: MDPs and the Legal Profession

By Elizabeth Ellis
November
2000
Article
Page 628
A review of MDP through a report of this year's Allerton House Conference proceedings.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
November
2000
Column
Page 620
A lower burden of proof for consumer fraud? Arbitration-award rejection—can secretaries sign after all? and more.

Recovering Costs in Illinois Civil Actions

By Matthew R. Henderson & Andrew R. Schwartz
September
2000
Article
Page 504
A review of the authority for recovery of costs; the authors argue for a less restrictive rule.

Appellate Review in Domestic Relations Cases: The Elusive Final and Appealable Order

By Gunnar J. Gitlin & Chris S. Haaff
August
2000
Article
Page 444
A review of the cases that have diminished appellate courts' power to review domestic relations cases.

Attorneys can receive reimbursement for their fees either under the provisions of the Workers’ Compensation Act or based on a private arrangement with the client

July
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 380
On May 18, 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the appellate court and held that section 5(b) of the Workers' Compensation Act permitted an attorney to recover his attorney fees only as delineated in the Act and not in conjunction with a private fee arrangement.

Balancing the Tripartite Relationship between Defendant, Defense Counsel, and Insurer

By David H. Anderson
July
2000
Article
Page 384
A review of issues important both to defense lawyers and counsel for the insured.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
July
2000
Column
Page 378
Grandparents lose at High Court—but how much? HMOs lose in one high court, win in another; and more.

An Overview of Illinois Nursing Home Litigation

By Stephen C. Buser & Harriet H. Hamilton
June
2000
Article
Page 316
A practice-oriented review of Illinois and federal statutes and cases governing nursing home lawsuits.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Mark S. Mathewson
April
2000
Column
Page 192
What hath Tosado wrought? What do jurors think? Granny gives a gift; and more.

Correspondence from Our Readers

March
2000
Column
Page 118
Avoiding SSA withholding

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
March
2000
Column
Page 124
Public defenders and legal malpractice; lawyers can commit UPL; and more.

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