Initial phone consults are always free. Our usual rates are set forth below. We do consider alternative fee arrangements in certain circumstances.
Most of the employment disputes we handle – Federal sector EEO complaints, MSPB appeals, DOHA hearings – are done on an hourly basis. You pay a set hourly rate for the time we spend on your matter, billed in 6-minute increments. For FEDS policy holders, WIFLE members, and client referrals, we apply a 10% discount to our hourly rates. In order to further our noneconomic goals to protect and enforce Federal employees’ civil and Constitutional rights in the workplace, we have set our hourly rates 10% below our prevailing market rate for the Washington, D.C. area (as reflected in the Laffey Matrix prepared by the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the District of Columbia).
The fee for an office or virtual consultation is a one-time event – essentially a flat fee. You are paying for our time and legal advice.
Unfortunately, commercials, television shows, and movies, provide false impressions about how most attorneys are paid. While most commercials, television shows, and movies frequently present attorneys being paid on contingency, in reality, most attorneys are paid on an hourly or flat fee basis. From an economic standpoint, a lawyer would only be interested in your case on contingency basis if there is potential for a sizeable monetary award at the end of the case, and there is a good chance that you will be able to prevail. Most employment disputes do not necessarily lend themselves to this model. In fact, in employment defense cases –proposed adverse actions, administrative investigations, or denials or revocations of a security clearance – there is no monetary award available. In order to not limit potential solutions to an employment dispute, and to emphasize our role as Problem-solvers, we typically do not handle cases on a contingency basis.
There are plenty of reasons you might need a lawyer’s support. Talk to us. If we are unable to help, we will point you in the right direction. Initial phone consultations are always free.