Cases & Fee Types

Cases can be handled on an hourly, flat fee, or contingent fee basis, depending on the type of case.

 If you and the attorney agree to work together on your case, you will have an attorney fee agreement that sets out everything in writing. Learn more about the types below. 

Flat Fees

Some cases are handled on a flat fee basis, where the client pays a set rate for an agreed-upon number of hours of attorney/staff time or a flat fee for a specific task (i.e., pre-trial/settlement vs. trial). Criminal cases and DUIIs (Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants) are the most common cases where clients request a flat fee quote. For specifics, you will need to consult with an attorney.

Hourly Fees and Retainer Deposits

Many cases are dealt on an hourly basis with the client placing a retainer deposit into the attorney trust account. We send out billing statements once a month and any earned fees are taken out of the trust account. The remaining balance remains your money and stays in the trust account. If your case is resolved, then any remaining trust funds are refunded to you.

As the case progresses, the trust account may need to be replenished to cover anticipated attorney fees and costs (expert witnesses, court reporter fees, etc.).

Hourly rates differ depending on the type of case and the attorney or staff member handling the case, but usually it ranges between $120/hour to $650/hour depending on case complexity and other considerations.

Initial retainer deposits for litigation cases usually range between $1,500 to $3,500 for many cases or $4,500 to $25,000+ for complex litigation. We are typically happy to quote a flat fee so clients can control the budget.

Contingent Fees

Contingent fees are when attorney fees are not paid unless your case meets the desired results–either settlement or trial victory. The fees are contingent on the outcome of your case. These fees are most common in Oregon personal injury cases.

Contingent fees put the client and attorney into a business-like relationship. The attorney wants you to recover as much as you can, because you are the client and we try our best to make you whole again. Also the more you recover, the more the attorney fees the firm makes.

Our contingent fees are typically 25% to 1/3 if the case settles. For specifics, you will need to consult with an attorney.

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