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Sommers & Schwartz LLP offers billing policies ranging from hourly to full contingency, and a variety of hybrids as well. Those hybrids include clients receiving a reduced hourly rate in return for a contingent fee percentage that is lower than the standard structure, or clients only paying costs.
Our current hourly rate for partners is $500 an hour, with associates and paralegals billed at rates that reflect their experience. We generally charge a retainer for all cases that are not full contingency, with the amount of the retainer dependent on both the individual case and client resources. The standard contingency structure involves clients paying the costs and 33% of the gross recovery if settlement occurs before the last month prior to trial, 40% from thirty days before trial through trial, and 50% if any post-trial motions or work is performed.
Sommers & Schwartz LLP has been very successful in crafting workable mixed hourly and contingency fee arrangements that have allowed small to medium-sized businesses and individuals to defend themselves and recover significant awards. The firm is also very mindful that particular matters may have circumstances that call for unique fee structures. We are always ready to discuss individual situation with our current and potential clients.
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We have litigated many cases both in California and across the U.S. in both state and federal courts and have participated in scores of arbitrations and mediations. We stand ready to help.