Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fee Change, Overcharge, Leads To Reprimand

The Indiana Suprene Court has imposed an agreed-upon public reprimand in a matter involving billing misconduct.

The attorney filed suit in federal court on behalf of a client against several defendants. The case was thrown out on summary judgment.

The agreed hourly rate was $175. The attorney charged $200 per hour for over sixty hours of work.

At the time, $200 was her usual rate.

The attorney changed the fee agreement after a month and proposed a "blended" hourly and contingent fee, which was more advantageous to the attorney. The client agreed without being advised of the desirability of the advice of independent counsel.

The attorney had refunded the overcharges of $1,580. (Mike Frisch)


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