Scarlett Law Group: Service Arrangements
Scarlett Law Group offers the expertise that can only be delivered by a
high-quality boutique civil trial law firm. With a proven track record
in the representation of individuals catastrophically injured, survivors
of those deceased through the wrongful conduct of others, and businesses
sustaining economic harm, the firm has the creative flexibility to fashion
fee arrangements in a manner beneficial to the best interests of clients.
Scarlett Law Group provides quality legal services tailored to the individual
needs of each case. We understand that no matter how complex a case may
be, each and every client has individual needs and goals that s/he wishes
to accomplish through the claims or litigation process. Headed by trial lawyer
Randall H. Scarlett, Scarlett Law Group has the experience, ability and resources to provide
quality representation to those in need on a local, national or international
basis. Fee arrangements are designed and tailored to fit the needs of
each client and allow for a productive response to each client’s
A contingency fee is a charge for legal services that is contingent upon
the lawyer winning the case. If the lawyer does not win the case, the
client owes no fee. The contingent fee arrangement allows individuals
and businesses that could otherwise not afford legal representation to
hire experienced and competent counsel. Simply put, a contingent fee levels
the “playing field” in the legal arena. In an era of increasing
legal complexity and escalating hourly professional fees ($300 to $750
per hour in metropolitan law firms) many clients do not have the substantial
funds required in order to pay counsel to prosecute their meritorious case.
The contingent fee gives them this chance. Scarlett Law Group represents
plaintiffs seeking to prosecute meritorious actions on a contingent fee
basis, where permitted by law. A very stringent review process is utilized,
however, prior to the firm’s acceptance of contingent cases.
Hybrid Contingent / Retain / Billed / Paid Costs Arrangement:
Numerous different “hybrid” blends of agreements are utilized
in order to better serve our clients within the capabilities of the firm.
Varying circumstances permit flexibility in arrangements with clients.
From straight hourly billing, to retainers credited toward potential contingent
recoveries, to cost payment arrangements, the Scarlett Law Group is committed
to profitable flexibility in its fee arrangements.
Committee Fee Billing/Lode Star Billing:
Complex litigation, especially mass disaster/mass tort cases, often involve
the court’s selection of a steering committee. The steering committee
performs work that usually benefits a greater group of clients (common
benefit) than those directly represented by the lawyer/members of the
steering committee. Accordingly, an award of “committee fees”
is not uncommon in these cases. These fees are taken, by a Court ordered
percentage or amount, from all clients in the litigation, whether or not
represented by the members of the committee. The committee members (lawyers
performing committee work) divide these fees, in addition to the fees
they earn pursuant to contract with their own clients. Scarlett Law Group’s
continuing involvement in the mass disaster/mass tort arena assures recoupment
of committee fees. Clients of the firm benefit from the firm’s appointment
on the steering committee through knowledge gained by counsel serving
in this capacity.
Class Action Fees:
Where the firm becomes involved in the prosecution of class action litigation,
the fees are ultimately set by the Court at the conclusion of the case.
These fees can either be based on hourly rates or percentage, taking into
consideration a number of factors analyzed by the Court. In certain instances,
the class action process is the only procedure which can adequately handle
the common claims of numerous similarly situated individuals.
Statutory Fees/Prevailing Party Clauses:
Scarlett Law Group provides its clients with every benefit available them
pursuant to the law, including the benefit of the statutory entitlement
to an award of attorneys’ fees, where permitted. Civil Rights Litigation
is a prime example of an area where counsel may be entitled to the recovery
of attorneys’ fees, from the losing party, as determined to be appropriate
by the Court. In these cases, the firm works with the client in fashioning
an appropriate fee arrangement fostering the successful prosecution of
the client’s action.