Attorneys’ fees — payment for legal services rendered — make the world go round for any lawyer, whether the fees are an hourly or flat rate, a contingency, a retainer, or determined by a statute or court. This issue of the Texas Bar Journal takes a look at different aspects of attorneys’ fees, including practical information to help Texas lawyers in their billing procedures and collections as well as avoid ethical issues in dealing with clients. Charles E. Hardy gives an overview of effective billing practices and Mark D. White addresses necessary client disclosures that should always be included in attorney engagement letters. Randy Johnston and Robert L. Tobey discuss attorneys’ fees problem areas and how to avoid fee disputes, while Cynthia Canfield Hamilton answers the question, “Is any retainer truly non-refundable?” Frederick C. Moss offers his perspective on Ethics Opinion 610. Joseph F. Cleveland, Jr. and Alex Harrell provide a guide to recovering attorneys’ fees under the lodestar method, while Richard J. Plezia delves into the Texas and federal rules relating to cost shifting. Finally, Katherine A. Compton looks at what in-house counsel would like outside counsel to know about legal fees. We thank Board of Editors Chair Michael C. Smith of Marshall for his assistance with this issue. Let us know your thoughts: email@example.com.
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