Scarlett Law Group: Service Arrangements
The 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 its clients.
The 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, the 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
(i) Contingency Fee:
A contingency fee is a charge for legal services that is contingent on
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
The contingent fee gives them this chance. The 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
(ii) 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 arrangement 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.
(iii) 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 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. The 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.
(iv) 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.
(v) Statutory Fees/Prevailing Party Clauses:
The 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.