Based on our decades of experience and reputation as an industry leader, LFS is often asked to serve as a neutral reviewer in legal fee disputes. Because we have analyzed fee issues from all angles and understand each party’s interests, we are ideally suited to identify objective and practical solutions.
Our attorneys serve as arbitrator or mediator in disputes where parties agree to out-of-court adjudication. We also serve as court-appointed special master or independent fee examiner in litigation where an independent, unbiased evaluation of legal fees is required.
Mediation. LFS acts as a facilitator, assisting all parties in negotiating a fair and lasting settlement. We do not issue a decision, but rather use our knowledge to guide discussions and encourage parties to modify their demands until an agreement can be reached.
Arbitration. Our attorneys act as sole arbitrator or serve on a panel of arbitrators, depending on the amount of money in dispute. An informal hearing is held where parties have the opportunity to testify and present evidence, after which the arbitrator(s) makes a binding decision about fee awards.
Special Master. The court retains LFS to conduct an independent review of legal fees and make recommendations about reasonableness. LFS may be asked to conduct a comprehensive fee audit or to narrowly assess a specific contested allocation or expenditure.