Hopefully, the other side will be paying me.
In insurance litigation, civil rights cases, and cases taken on a contingency below, you might not have to worry about fees. When a law or a clause in a contract gives fees to the prevailing party, my motto is "let's prevail." And if you have a personal injury case that's being done on contingency, I can get you back in court for a percentage of your trial attorney's original take.
But if you're paying me, no surprises. I promise.
Fees depend principally on the length of the trial court proceedings, the size of the record, the number of likely issues and their complexity. Typically, flat fees range from around $15,000 to $55,000.
The flat fee typically covers all the work: reviewing the record, communicating with you and with the other lawyers, researching and writing the briefs, oral argument, routine procedural matters and — in appropriate cases — exploring settlement.
The flat fee also includes all legal research costs.