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Litigation: Two approaches to objectively evaluating the effectiveness of outside counsel

How to analyze law firm billing techniques and efficiency

Since the early 1990’s, my firm has worked on a multitude of cases addressing issues relating to litigation management, the necessity and reasonableness of attorneys’ fees and the ethics of hourly billing. Two critical tools in our litigation management arsenal are what we refer to as the Phase I and Phase II audits. We also frequently employ a “hybrid” of the two approaches, which is also designed to measure the reasonableness of fees and costs.

The “Phase I Approach” —Quantity, Structure and Form

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David McMahon

David McMahon is the Managing Partner in Barger & Wolen LLP’s San Francisco office. His practice focuses on large complex litigation. He has worked on...

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