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Ethics and Best Practices When Navigating Legal Fee Disputes

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Produced on December 17, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 15m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Ethics Litigation

Course Description

While today’s legal market has brought about an increased awareness of cost-effective legal representation, both law firms and corporations can suddenly find themselves in the midst of a dispute regarding legal fees – before, during, or after a litigation or transaction. This course, presented by attorney Lindsay Tasher of Wyatt Partners (a corporation that focuses exclusively on the subject of legal fees), addresses today’s hot topics in navigating fee disputes – both from an in-house and outside counsel perspective throughout the entire fee dispute process.

Most importantly, the program will focus on applicable Rules of Professional Conduct and case law as applied to fee disputes, based on the wide foray of experience our speakers have gained serving as fee experts in these types of disputes across the United States and Europe. Both law firms and corporations will benefit greatly from such insights and lessons to be learned on a timely and evolving topic that potentially affects everyone in today’s legal and business market.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the different types of possible fee disputes (Coverage Actions, Fee Applications, Sanctions Motions, Attorneys’ Fees as an element of a party’s Damages, Mediation/Arbitration/Special Masters, and Fee Audits)
  2. Develop best practices in preparing for your fee dispute, including gathering all necessary materials, notifying necessary participants, maximizing the discovery process, lessons learned when filing motions/engaging in settlement talks, and navigating all other procedural steps involved in the process
  3. Review Rule 1.5 (The Reasonable Fee) and other Rules of Professional Conduct as applied to fee disputes
  4. Discuss the participation of in-house counsel (attorney/expert interviews, depositions) in your fee dispute, notably case management and communication

This course originally appeared as a part of our December 2017 Bridge the Gap Event. 

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Lindsay H. Tasher

Wyatt Partners

Lindsay H. Tasher is Managing Director at Wyatt Partners, where she focuses her time on attorney fee expert witness work, advising major corporations and law firms on the development of litigation budget programs and billing guidelines, and assessing and evaluating the reasonableness of attorney’s fees in complex litigation in federal and state court throughout the United States. Prior to her work with Wyatt, Lindsay was in private practice in two law firms – one in New York and one in New Jersey. She handled all types of civil litigation, with an emphasis on aviation mass-tort law and wrongful death/personal injury claims against airlines and their insurers. She also gained experience in product liability and asbestos defense litigation, as well as various commercial claims under both New York and Jersey state and federal law, including claims for breach of contract, fraud, negligence, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Lindsay received her undergraduate degree in English from Princeton University in 2000 and her law degree from The George Washington University Law School in 2005. She currently serves on the board of Cancer Hope Network as co-chair of the Marketing Committee and Golf Committees (and, for several years, served as General Counsel), a not-for-profit organization that provides free and one-on-one support to cancer patients and their families.

Lindsay also served several terms on the George Washington University Law School Alumni Association Executive Board of Directors, and currently serves as Chair of the Barrister’s Society.


Ned S.

very good class - she is very informative

John M.


Adam L.

Very well done!

Elizabeth B.

Good refresher.

Alan G.

Excellent speaker, very thorough knowledge of the tipics covered.

Retha M.

Very comprehensive. Good refresher for even experienced attorneys.

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