Several areas of legal dispute resolution involve the analysis, apportionment or complete shifting of responsibility for attorneys’ fees and costs incurred by parties to the dispute. The attorney fee auditing team at LFAP employs modified auditing database software and leverages the combined legal experience of the firm to assist clients in allocating, shifting and containing legal fees and costs in each of these potential dispute scenarios.
Legal Cost Disputes
Contractual disputes, various statutory schemes, and insurance related disputes often allow for prevailing party recovery of attorneys’ fees and costs. These situations can include claims that the fees and costs incurred by the prevailing party were not reasonable and necessary or that they were not incurred to prevail on the contractual dispute. The auditing team at LFAP reviews attorneys’ fees and cost invoices and provides an opinion on to appropriateness of the charges, and the allocation of those charges between recoverable and non-recoverable claims.
Litigation involving issues regarding appropriateness and allocation of attorneys’ fees and costs often requires the assistance of expert witness opinion and testimony. LFAP partner Jacqueline S. Vinaccia has provided opinions to assist several courts, arbitrators and mediators throughout the United States to resolve these issues. She has also provided deposition and trial testimony in State and Federal courts on these issues.