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Welcome to The Devil's Advocate
Established in 1993, The Devil's Advocate is
the leading authority on legal fees. Our clients include major corporations,
government agencies, law firms, insurance companies, and anyone else who pays substantial
legal fees, needs to examine the reasonableness of legal fees,
or wishes to analyze litigation. (To respect the
confidentiality of our clients, we do not advertise names or lists of our many clients,
which include a substantial percentage of the Fortune 500.) We have reviewed
most of the firms in the annual lists of law firms published by American Lawyer
and the National Law Journal, plus hundreds of other firms.
nationally-recognized for our legal fee management and
litigation consulting expertise,
including legal bill reviews (or "legal bill audits") and expert testimony. We have
examined over $1.5 billion in legal fees from hundreds or thousands of law
firms, in hundreds of engagements. But
we do much more than just review bills.
Everyone is welcome to
browse our site for helpful information. We have links on this website
to other resources, including state bar organizations that are supposed to
regulate lawyers. Follow this link for
more information if you are having problems with your lawyer.
We wrote the
book on legal fees.
authoritative text on legal fees & how to manage
them is ...
Legal Fees: Law & Management
by John Toothman & Prof. William G. Ross
The most influential book about legal fees
and managing lawyers.
Two Books for Clients &
Lawyers by John Toothman
Available online as
The Client's Bill of Rights: Based on our original Client Bill
of Rights™. Includes the ten rights all clients have
and all lawyers should respect. ($2.99; 7,700 words)
The Civilian's Guide to Lawyers
-- How to Hire a Lawyer: The
first of three volumes to assist clients to hire, manage, and fire a lawyer or, if they cannot find an
affordable, cost-effective lawyer, to represent themselves. (Vol.
1 $9.90; 44,000 words) (Vol. 2: How to Fire a Lawyer; Vol. 3:
How to Live Without a Lawyer coming soon)
Our Legal Fees
To Get Paid, Get Reasonable,
Our paper on reasonable fees is based on an article we presented at an ABA
Litigation Section conference.
The paper includes an extensive
discussion of the legal basis for reasonable legal fees and expenses and how
those issues are handled in common litigation and ethical situations.
The paper also discusses common legal bill review ("audit") issues.
The second edition is now available.
a free copy of our paper:
| Devil's Advocate brings the perspective of experienced trial lawyers to
legal fee analysis and litigation management.
- Our services include:
- legal bill reviews and audits,
- legal billing and fee management software
- independent litigation
- second opinions on litigation options,
- case post-mortems, both for legal malpractice claims or lawyer management,
- real-time litigation monitoring,
- law firm evaluation, selection, and auditions,
- expert testimony, including billing disputes, ethics, and malpractice,
- law firm billing agreements,
- hourly rate studies & analysis,
- legal billing software evaluation &
- alternative legal fees (design,
testing & analysis for clients
- litigation strategy and tactics audits,
- case risk and expense evaluation,
including analysis for third-parties like analysts, investors, and
- legal fee budgets and estimates,
- fee dispute mediation and arbitration
(consulting for a party or acting as the mediator or arbitrator), and
- litigation and legal fee management training.
- Devil's Advocate and its unique services have been featured in stories by The
Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bottomline, CBS Radio's Marketplace, Inc. Magazine, The
Business News Network, Entrepreneur magazine, The New Jersey Law Journal,
New York Post, New York Law Journal, Legal Times, Nation's Business, American
Lawyer, California Lawyer, Miami Herald, Virginia Business
Magazine, Of Counsel, D&B Report, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and many
- For clients without in-house legal counsel, we provide our Independent Counsel
service to fill the legal management gap at a reasonable cost.
- We strive to provide cost-effective services while promoting an equitable
- We are independent. We do not prejudge any legal bill
or law firm. We are not owned
by nor are we affiliated with any other entity, such
as an insurance company or law firm.
- Our legal fee reviews and audits are based on
legal, not arbitrary, standards.
- We track ethical rules and maintain the confidentiality of our
- We use proprietary methods and
software to automate and expedite review, but we dig deep with a
- The fees we charge for our services are the most
reasonable in the country.
- Our services are provided nationwide.
- DA has been registered as a federal
contractor through the GSA Central Contractor Registry.
Since The Devil's Advocate was founded in 1993, we have been the pre-eminent national authority on legal fee management. We have also
pioneered litigation consulting to monitor lawyer performance as well as cost.
Browse our web-site for more information about our
services, our experience, and samples of our work. We've included
articles by and about us. You'll also find valuable monographs we have prepared,
including the Client Bill of Rights, Managing Lawyers and Legal Fees, and our
client-friendly Billing Agreement.
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