Attorney Fee Dispute Resolution

Cooper and Bruning LLP has developed a national practice in the area of attorney fee dispute review, analysis and resolution. Partners Brand Cooper and Robert Bruning collectively have over 50 years of experience in handling attorney fee review, audit and dispute matters and have a team geared toward the efficient and accurate analysis of legal fee claims. This area of discipline has resulted in a number of discrete and differing tasks which the firm routinely performs on a regular basis including the following:

  • Contemporaneous and Retrospective reviews of legal charges for reasonableness and necessity
  • Allocations of legal charges to determine the scope of the obligation of insurers and clients under fee-shifting contractual clauses and statutory provisions
  • Providing Expert reports to assist in the resolution of attorney fee dispute matters
  • Providing Expert testimony by declaration and/or testimony

The firm has represented a wide variety of clients nationwide ranging from business corporations, financial institutions, governmental entities, law firms, and insurance companies. The legal bills reviewed have involved litigation (as well as transactional work) of every type (e.g. lender liability, debtor and creditor issues, directors’ and officers’ liability, employer’s liability, environmental liability, product liability, mass disasters, tax controversies, intellectual property, Erisa liability, contractual liability, partnership liability, crypto-currency liability, civil rights, governmental liability and clergy abuse liability).

The firm has been hired by a large number of law firms who need assistance with issues relating to legal matters involving liability for legal fees. The firm has also been retained by most of the major casualty insurers in the United States as well as the major international carriers. The firm has also represented a large number of governmental entities.

The unique computational and data base support for the firm’s practice in this area is provided through computer software designed by the members of the firm to address the difficulties involved in unraveling large amounts of legal billing. This software program is called Lauditors. The firm has achieved outstanding results for its clients and has assisted in saving and obtaining for clients millions of dollars in attorney fees.