The Devil's Advocate®
Legal Fee Management & Litigation Consulting


Our 22nd Year  
Thanks to all our clients and friends  




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Our 21st Anniversary

We've turned 21.  Thanks to all our clients and other friends.
And special thanks to our current and past employees, interns, and colleagues.

Continuing Legal Education for Lawyers and Non-Lawyers

DA brings its unique and valuable approach to legal fees, litigation, and the legal system to continuing legal education for lawyers and general information for non-lawyers dealing with the legal system.

Visit our Legal Education page for more information

Visit John Toothman's blog for the Civilian's Guide to Lawyers:
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Free through our website:  Reasonable Legal Fees 2d

Our detailed pamphlet on legal fees, subtitled "To Get Paid, Get Reasonable," is available online, for free.  The pamphlet is for everyone -- lawyers and clients. 

Use this link to e-mail us your request: 

Most of our employees "tele-commute":
  • Our central mailing address is PO Box 8, Great Falls, VA  22066 USA
  • We are on Eastern Standard (or Daylight Savings) Time
  • The address for other deliveries (like FedEx, UPS, etc.) depends on which person or department you're trying to reach -- just ask.
  • Our main fax number is (202) 499-7011
  • Our main phone number is (703) 684-6996
  • E-mail is always the best way to contact us:  Devil's Advocate
Questions About Lawyers?

We get lots of questions (and complaints) about lawyers -- too many for us to handle personally.  Use this link for some ideas and access to some of our free or cheap tools:  Lawyer Questions?

And you can visit a free blog where we regularly post ideas about the legal system, legal fees, the business of law, and legal commentary with clients in mind:  Civilian's Guide to Lawyers (view the blog) or subscribe to new feeds:

Legal Billing Software Review

DA is providing consulting services to support clients and law firms considering legal billing software, especially fee management software purporting to manage or review bills.  In addition to assessing the software's scope, DA monitors effectiveness against legal bills, as issued and reviewed by the software.

DA Supports LFA
  • DA has helped found Legal Fee Arbitration, LLC
  • LFA provides expert arbitrators focusing on legal fee disputes
  • Bar-sponsored and other arbitration services typically use lawyers and judges (ex-lawyers) as arbitrators
    • They're paid by the hour for their services
    • They may have a built-in bias favoring lawyers in a fee dispute
  • LFA's procedures are streamlined for quick, cost-effective resolution of fee disputes
  • LFA fees incorporate an independent review of the bills
  • LFA arbitrators are already legal fee experts with many years of experience
  • Visit
DA Reviews Alternative Legal Fee Plans

Given the renewed popularity of alternative legal fees, DA has been tracking any new developments to advise law firms and clients considering a change from hourly billing.  There is no such thing as a perfect alternative legal fee -- each has its pros and cons.  There are also sham alternatives that are designed to increase the client's risk and cost.

DA can review and design alternative fee proposals and monitor their performance for common problems and cost-effectiveness.

NY Times article:
The Second Edition of Trial Practice Checklists by DA's founder is published by West Group.
Our book about legal fees:
DA occasionally seeks new members of its team:  
  • Attorneys with substantial litigation experience, accountants, paralegals, and clerical staff are potential employees
  • Contact DA for information


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Last update: 03/03/15

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The Devil's Advocate® is a registered trademark, and Independent Counsel, Civilian's Guide to Lawyers, the Client-Friendly Billing Agreement, and the Client Bill of Rights™ are trademarks of The Devil's Advocate or licensed to DA.
All materials in this web-site copyright January, 2015 by The Devil's Advocate (licensed to Devil's Advocate, LLC a/k/a TLF Consulting). All rights reserved.
We do not provide legal advice by e-mail or through this site.  We do not provide legal representation.  All DA engagements must be in writing.
The information in this website represents our opinions (or opinions of others) and is believed to be accurate, but we cannot guarantee that they apply to your situation.

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Publications include: To Get Paid, Get Reasonable, Trial Practice Checklists (West Group); Legal Fees: Law and Management (Carolina Academic Press), CGL, Civilian's Guide to Lawyers, Client Bill of Rights, Client-friendly billing agreement, hourly fees.

Headquarters in Great Falls, Northern Virginia, USA, in the Metropolitan Washington DC (District of Columbia) area.