Read about our expert law rate schedule. I welcome telephone discussions and correspondence with attorneys seeking to determine the viability of a case. Such preliminary communication is necessary for me to make a decision, whether to serve as a consultant or potential expert witness in litigation. I have worked diligently to cultivate a reputation for integrity and objectivity. Therefore I will provide my best assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your case against a backdrop of current and prevailing national standards.
Once retained in a case, I require a $5,000.00 non-refundable case preparation fee. The full preparation fee must accompany the initial materials forwarded for review. This sum covers, in its entirety, all work necessary up to the time place on standby status for trial testimony. I base the fee upon an estimate of the average amount of time necessary for case preparation (33.33 hours at $150.00 per hour). Additional fees will only accrue on exceptional cases (those requiring substantially more than the usual time commitment) and only with the prior approval of the retaining counsel.
Flat Fee System
I use a flat fee system for the following reasons:
(1) You know from the beginning the costs your firm will incur;
(2) I want to encourage my clients to send me all the necessary information about their case and not withhold materials to hold down billing;
(3) and the flat fee system keeps me from having to keep tedious and extensive records.
Per Diem and Travel
Expert Law Rate Schedule
When opposing counsel elects to depose me, they will have the option of doing so at my office or elsewhere. I charge a flat fee of $1,500.00 to the counsel requesting the deposition if taken within a 50-mile radius of my office’s location. The same fee applies to videotaped depositions and depositions taken by telephone. Depositions conducted at the location of opposing counsel are $3,000.00, plus travel and per diem expenses. I base the amount upon preparation time, travel time, and actual time at the deposition. It is necessary for counsel requesting my deposition to make all arrangements relative to securing court reporters and physical facilities for the deposition at either location.
I require that all fees paid in full in connection with depositions and prior to the deposition being taken. When requesting counsel elects to depose me at a location other than my office the travel costs, per diem, and deposition fee must be received at my office before travel will begin. I will provide an itemized invoice reflecting the required sum. I rely upon the counsel with whom I am working to communicate my fee policy to the opposing counsel and to assure, in advance, that payment arrangements have been made.
In the event a case proceeds to the trial stage, my fee for trial appearance is $2,500.00 per trial day, plus travel and per diem expenses. As in the case of depositions, I will provide a detailed invoice reflecting the sum due. I must receive the full invoice amount must at my office 72 hours before my scheduled testimony. Travel will not begin before I receive the fee. If for any reason, I should be unable to testify on the scheduled date after already arriving at the trial location, there will be an additional fee of $2,500.00 for each unanticipated day or portion thereof. The fee for additional trial days is due and payable at the time incurred.