5710 fee rates (California) (California)

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5710 fee rates (California) (California)

Postby kurious kat on Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:53 pm

What are the going rates?
I know there are different ranges at the different boards.
I got a request for $300 per hour on a Santa Ana case.
Appearing AA is not WC Specialist.
It got me wondering what the going rates are.
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Re: 5710 fee rates (California) (California)

Postby jakelast@aol.com on Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:11 am

In the SF Bay area certified specialists, or attorneys with similar qualifications, are getting between $300 and $350 per hour. Experienced attorneys without the certification are able to command $250-$300. In the outlying areas I am typically getting requests for around $275-$300 per hour.

I would expect in LA the rates would be similar.

Interestingly in the 15 years since I changed from Applicant to Defense representation, hourly defense fees have risen about 25% - 35%. As an applicant attorney in 1994 I had just started billing at $175 per hour but was generally getting only $150. With typical specilist fees at $350, fess for applicant attonreys have more than doubled in the intervening years. The difference is there is market pressure for defense firms that keeps fees from rising in order to remain competative. There are no market pressures on AA fees and the rates are essentially dependent on what WCJ's are willing to award.

The $350 per hour for highly specialized attorneys is certainly consistent with what other similar specialists are able to command in the market place. However in economic times such as these it would be fairly common to see attorney fees retreat a bit based on market conditions and demand. That is not going to happen to AA fees because they are immune to those kind of market forces. I am certain that over the past couple of years many defense firms have either held the line on fees, delayed increases or moderated increases in order to maintain their clients
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