Police Misconduct Attorney Fees
How does a client pay for your legal services for work on an Oregon Police misconduct case?
I can either work on an hourly basis plus hard costs, or a contingency fee basis plus hard costs for police misconduct cases. Attorney fee provisions may apply under ORS 20.080 after a lawsuit is filed under $10,000.00 for state causes of action. For larger and more serious claims, attorney fee provisions may apply under 42 U.S.C. §1988(b) for federal claims. If the attorney fees awarded or included as part of settlement are greater than the fee percentage, then I receive the attorney fees awarded, which means that in such cases the client pays no attorney’s fees. If the attorney’s fees are less than the contingency percentage then the attorney’s fees awarded or settled upon are used to offset the contingency fee percentage.
Hard Costs: I generally request that my clients forward the hard costs of litigation. This can include, but is not limited to, filing fees, service of process fees, deposition fees, expert witness fees, arbitration fees, trial fees, copy fees, postage fees and mileage fees, etcetera. I am reluctant to forward the hard costs on cases, because those who do not forward any hard costs in their case tend to be less dedicated to their case and sometimes fail to keep contact with my office or appear for their court appointments. If I do agree to forward expenses in a case, then my fee percentage increases, or I charge interest on the loan.
Disclaimer: My rates are subject to change without any notice on this website. I do not represent you unless we have a written fee agreement. The content of any statutes on this site may change and this website is not always updated with the current statutory content or case law.