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Jerome C. Studer

Office Chicago

Phone (312) 324-3293
(312) 878-2017


Jerome C. Studer is chair of Legal Fee Solutions. He has more than 15 years of experience in the field of legal fee analytics and works to ensure that clients obtain high-quality and cost-effective legal representation. He is a licensed attorney and Certified Litigation Management Professional.

At LFS, Joe conducts sophisticated quantitative analyses of legal fees, using a variety of data sources and tools. He has audited billions of dollars in legal fees and produced independent and trial-tested reports on fee reasonableness.

A highly experienced litigator and partner with the law firm of Cozen O’Connor, Joe focuses his practice on helping clients analyze and resolve disputes over attorneys’ fees. In many instances, it is possible to avoid conflict through early intervention or reach a negotiated settlement. When it is not, Joe is fully prepared to go to court. He has successfully litigated dozens of attorney fee disputes, including some of the largest in the country.

Joe also testifies as an expert witness on the reasonableness of legal fees and hourly rates and provides litigation management services in the context of large and ongoing litigation.

He regularly lectures on fee reasonableness and litigation management issues to industry groups, continuing education seminars, clients and other small groups. He also serves as chair of the Audit Committee for the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM).

Joe earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago in 1992 and his law degree with honors from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1995. While in law school, Joe served as a judicial extern for U.S. District Judge George M. Marovich and (then) U.S. Magistrate Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer. Before college, Joe was a sergeant in the U.S. Army, where he served as a section leader in a cavalry scout platoon based in Germany. An avid cyclist, Joe commutes to work by bike year round, even through the dark of Chicago’s winters.


Pa. Fee Claim Ruling Could Spur Deal-Making Between Firms

March 12, 2018

Jerome Studer, chair of Legal Fee Solutions, was quoted in Law360's article, "Pa. Fee Claim Ruling Could Spur Deal-Making Between Firms.'"


5 Tips For When GCs Balk At The Bill

July 15, 2016

Jerome (Joe) Studer of Legal Fee Solutions discusses fee complaints from general counsel and steps to take to defuse a fee dispute before it explodes.



  • Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., with honors, 1995
  • University of Chicago, B.A., 1992


  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

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