Attorney Fees Litigation

In an era of spiraling litigation costs, the recovery of attorneys’ fees for a client — or resistance to a potential fee claim — can become a multi-million dollar challenge.  State and federal laws governing recovery of attorneys’ fees, and the calculation of a reasonable amount, add layers of complexity and risk.  In some cases, where the law provides for fee shifting, attorneys’ fees can even outstrip the amount at issue in the underlying litigation.  For over 30 years, GMSR’s appellate lawyers have counseled clients concerning fee claims, and successfully litigated fee issues, from trial courts to the California Supreme Court.

City of Santa Monica v. Baron & Budd, 2007 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 5185

Waiver of right to arbitrate through litigation conduct

PLCM Group v. Drexler (2000) 22 Cal.4th 1084

Over 1000 opinions have cited PLCM Group, in which Laurie established that companies represented by in-house counsel can recover contractual attorney fees, and that reasonable market rates control the award. 

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