From the Oregon Law Practice Management blog.
From the Oregon Law Practice Management Blog. As always, Washington attorneys must comply with the Washington RPCs.
Originally posted on Oregon Law Practice Management:
Call it a hybrid fee agreement (HFA) or an alternative fee agreement (AFA). Lawyers are looking for creative ways to appeal to clients who are resisting the traditional hourly rate approach.
Employment Law HFA
Consider the employment law case that is less than a slam dunk. You could put in many hours only to see no fee. Ah, the life of a contingent fee practitioner.
Or is it? One creative lawyer decided to offer his client a hybrid fee arrangement: a reduced hourly rate of $100 per hour with a 25% contingent kicker in the event of a recovery. (Lower than the “going” contingent rate of 33%.) If the client agrees, and your fee agreement passes the test below, there is nothing wrong with such an arrangement.
Family Law HFA
Among family law practitioners – who are forbidden to take a contingent fee – a popular hybrid fee arrangement incorporates a flat fee earned upon…
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Summer has arrived! The sun is shining, the days are long, and Pike Place Market is flooded with tourists. It’s time to put down those case books and briefs and pick up those ice-cold drinks and suntan lotion. As you relax and make your way to the poolside or beach, don’t forget your most important accessory: a good book.
Here are 12 exciting beach reads — legal and non-legal — to keep you engaged this summer:
The Gods of Guilt (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel) by Michael Connelly
Michael Connelly returns with the next book in his Lincoln Lawyer series, which follows criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller who runs his law practice from the back of his Lincoln Town Car. Read more
You’re starting to mature into your practice, I can see that. You’re discovering new documents in new places and you’re developing new feelings toward judges, juries, and jurisdictions. I see that you’ve also started to notice clients. Hey, I don’t blame you! Clients are the yin to the attorney’s yang, the Jack to your Diane, the peanut butter to your jelly. And let’s not beat around the bush: clients are noticing you, too! You’re filling out that suit nicely, you’ve managed to acquire a few favorable verdicts, and your name is spreading through the halls of the justice center faster than a rabbit fleeing a cheetah. Read more
June flew by! I thought I would take a few minutes to give you an update on the highlights of the month.
The month began with our Board of Governors meeting at the WSBA conference center. I am happy to report to you that we had more members watching online then we have ever had before. It is my hope that this trend continues. Now that we have made space for people to join us online, we will grow it.
On June 9, I was invited to address the District and Municipal Court judges at their annual convention at Semiahmoo in Blaine. This gave me the opportunity to discuss not only the current status of the Bar and the issues regarding the future of the bar, but also an opportunity to discuss the future of the courts. DMCJA President Judge Svaren was a wonderful host and I appreciate being invited to speak at such a beautiful conference.
On June 11, Paula Littlewood and I began the Listening Tour. We travelled through the Northwest portion of the state as part of our annual Listening Tour. We met with lawyers in Montesano, Bremerton, Port Angeles, Coupeville, Mt. Vernon and Friday Harbor. Together these encompass the Grays Harbor County Bar, the Kitsap County Bar, Skagit County Bar and the Island County Bar.
During the tour, we talked about a myriad of issues, including the limited license legal technician rule, the changes in our NWLawyer magazine, and the future of the profession; we received a lot of supportive comments about Casemaker, the Legal Lunchbox CLE series and the Ethics line. This was a very successful tour and a highlight for my presidency. It was such an honor to have the opportunity to meet with so many of our members and have frank discussions about the profession and the future of our bar. Read more
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender Pride Month is celebrated each June in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots occurring on June 28, 1969. To celebrate LGBT month and kick off Seattle Pride, here are 5 items to add to your reading list.
- The June Section Spotlight in NWLawyer features WSBA’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification Legal Issues Section’s article, “Sexual Orientation Change Efforts and the First Amendment.” Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) is a method of therapy intended to change a person’s orientation from gay to straight. Currently, Washington has proposed legislation that would prohibit licensed mental health professionals from using SOCE on children under 18. The debate brings into questions issues of human rights, effects on patients, and the First Amendment. Read more about SOCE and the First Amendment in NWLawyer.