How we charge

Free Consultations

We offer free 30 minute consultations to employees facing adverse employment actions that do not not involve reviewing documents.  These are subject to a conflict check and are only available by phone.

Examples:  Failure to hire, denial of promotion, demotion, termination, suspension with or without pay.

Reduced Fee Consultations

We charge a flat, reduced fee for 60 or 90 minute consultations about legal questions, to review specific documents, potential lawsuits, on-going lawsuits, or to provide legal advice and recommendations to a client who intends to represent him or herself in court.  These are subject to a conflict check and payment is required at the beginning of the consultation.

Examples:  Review of and advice about a termination involving unemployment benefits paperwork review, review of the facts and law in a school injury incident, review of a small claims court lawsuit to assist with self-representation, review of a non-compete agreement, severance plan, or other employment agreement.

Flat and Capped Fees

For matters that involve reviewing and providing advice on a short contract or a single court hearing, we can often offer a flat or capped fee.  These are subject to a conflict check and an advance payment is required.

Examples:  Review of and advice about a severance agreement, an employment agreement or an employment offer with post-employment restrictions; representation of a guardian or parent in a contested temporary guardianship of a minor; representation of a student at a public school disciplinary tribunal where school is seeking to expel or place child on long-term suspension.

Hourly Fees

We charge on an hourly basis to represent our clients in probate, juvenile, superior, state or federal court, on a reduced hourly basis for representing federal employees during the EEO process, and on an hourly basis to research and investigate possible causes of action and/or legal options.  A reasonable initial advance payment is required for all hourly fee matters.

Examples:  Defending a former employee against claims that he is violating his non-compete, defending a company against claims of wrongful or illegal termination, representing a civilian employed by a federal agency in his claims for hostile work environment and race discrimination, researching whether a suit against an educator or school is legally possible, and if so, the likelihood of success, handling a contested private dependency, permanent guardianship or third party (e.g. grandparent or relative caregiver) custody matter.

Reduced Flat and Capped Fees

In some areas of law, some of our clients would find it cost-prohibitive to pay us on an hourly basis, particularly where the amount in dispute is modest, and in compelling circumstances, where we have sufficient advance notice to adequately prepare and still cover our other caseload, we are able to offer a variety of reduced flat or capped fee arrangements.  These typically allow our clients to choose the level of services desired and take into consideration the level of complexity of their matter and the urgency of the need for services.  For example, for school disciplinary tribunals, the rates depend in part on the number of witnesses the school will bring to the hearing.  Advance payment is required for reduced flat and capped fees.

Examples:  Representing a student charged with school misconduct at a school disciplinary tribunal, reviewing a proposed severance agreement and negotiating a more favorable exit for a departing employee.

*Contingency Fees

We are currently not accepting any contingency fee matters. 

Hybrid Fees

We are currently not accepting any hybrid fee matters.

*Contingency Fees refers only to those fees charged by attorneys for their legal services. Such fees are not permitted in all types of cases such as divorces or defending criminal charges. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client.