Welcome to The Devil's Advocate
Established in 1993, The Devil's Advocate is
the leading authority on legal fees and legal fee management. 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 fees,
or wishes to analyze litigation issues. (To respect the
confidentiality of our clients, we do not advertise names of our many clients,
which include a substantial percentage of the Fortune 500, for example.) We have reviewed
most of the firms in the annual lists of large law firms published by the legal
press, plus hundreds of other firms. And we've been hired by many such
nationally-recognized for our legal fee management and
litigation consulting expertise,
including legal bill reviews (or "legal bill audits") and expert testimony.
Our engagements include supporting as well as challenging legal bills on behalf
of lawyers as well as clients, fee-shifting, and fee petitions (e.g.,
class actions and bankruptcies). We have examined over $1 billion in legal fees from over a thousand law firms, in
hundreds of engagements. But we do much more than just review bills, from
selecting the right lawyer, negotiating a fair fee agreement, monitoring staff
and performance, establishing and tracking budgets and estimates, reviewing work product,
tactics, and strategy, and resolving fee and other disputes.
Everyone is welcome to browse our site
for helpful information. See our Important Notices
resources, including state bar organizations that are supposed to regulate
Link to our site to help
others: Devil's Advocate | Legal
We wrote the
book on legal fees
authoritative text on legal fees & how to manage
them is ...
Our Free Legal
Legal Fees: Law & Management
by John Toothman & Prof. William G. Ross
The authoritative and most influential book about legal fees
and managing lawyers.
Reasonable Legal Fees 2d
Our pamphlet on reasonable fees. Originally published for an ABA
Litigation conference for lawyers as "To Get Paid, Get Reasonable"
discussion of the general legal basis for reasonable legal fees and expenses and how
those issues are handled in common litigation and ethical situations.
Also describes common legal bill review ("audit") issues.
The second edition is now available for free in "pdf" electronic format.
Use this link to e-mail us your request:
Two Books for Clients &
Lawyers from The Civilian's Guide to Lawyers
The Civilian's Guide to Lawyers™:
How to Hire a Lawyer ($9.90; 44,000
Amazon Kindle Edition
Barnes & Noble ePub Edition
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)
Amazon Kindle Edition
Barnes & Noble ePub Edition
Fee Management & Litigation Consulting Services
Devil's Advocate brings the perspective of experienced trial lawyers to
legal fee analysis and litigation management.
Our services include:
-legal fee examinations, including legal bill reviews and
-expert testimony, including legal fee billing disputes,
fee-shifting, ethics, and malpractice,
-court-appointed, neutral fee
examiner, special master, or fee expert,
-legal billing and fee management software
-second opinions on litigation options,
-case post-mortems, for legal malpractice claims or lawyer management,
-real-time litigation monitoring,
-law firm evaluation, selection, and auditions,
-law firm billing agreements,
-hourly rate studies & analysis,
-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.
We're uniquely qualified:
Devil's Advocate and its unique services have been featured in stories by
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
work as required or allowed by law.
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 and cost-effective in the country.
Our services are provided nationwide.
We also work with international clients, especially those dealing with US
law firms or legal fee issues.
Devil's Advocate is also
known as TLF Consulting, our more bland name.
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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