Legal Fee Review & Audits

Lawyers’ billing rates, fees, and billings often become a focus in judicial proceedings. Whether you are seeking review of attorneys’ bills or to support your own rates and billings, it may be helpful to retain an authority on attorney fees and billing.

Michael Downey has experienced lawyer billing from many perspectives, including as:

  • A lawyer representing individuals, insureds, and global petroleum and pharmaceutical clients;
  • An adjunct professor teaching attorney fees and billing in legal ethics and professional responsibility courses at Washington University and St. Louis University and in Introduction to Law Firm Practice at Washington University;
  • An advocate challenging and defending attorney fees and billing including in state and federal courts and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; and
  • A testifying expert witness addressing attorney billing practices and submitting affidavits in support of attorney billing rates and billing practices including in class action cases.

Mr. Downey draws upon this experience, as well as substantial resources reporting billing rates and trends, to provide expert testimony on matters relating to the suitability of attorney billing rates, billing practices, and legal fees and expenses. Mr. Downey’s conclusions on such matters have been set forth in numerous affidavits submitted in support of fee applications, and also in expert testimony challenging a law firm’s billing practices.

Ethics of Billing