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National Association of Legal Fee Analysis (NALFA)
1336 West Greenleaf Avenue, #3E, Chicago, Illinois 60626
The National Association of Legal Fee Analysis (NALFA) is a federal tax-exempt group organized under 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(6). As such, we act as the professional governing body for the legal fee analysis profession. As a 501(c)(6) organization, NALFA devotes itself to advancing the lines of business and representing the professional interests of the legal fee analysis profession.
Our mission is to help ensure quality and reliability across the legal fee analysis profession, regardless of membership status. Our standard for analyzing and evaluating attorney fees and expenses is reasonableness. Our members observe proven methodologies and adhere to the proper standard of reasonableness when reviewing attorney fees. Our members follow Best Practices in Outside Legal Fee Analysis.
NALFA has been cited or quoted by 12 different media outlets: The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, ALM’s American Lawyer, The Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg BNA, CNBC, Thomson Reuters, Insurance Journal, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, Daily Journal, ALM’s Daily Business Review, and ALM’s National Law Journal.
NALFA Fact Sheet:
NALFA is an approved 501(c)(6) federal tax-exempt organization under the IRS Code.
NALFA is a Qualified Member in Best's Recommended Expert Service Providers (2008-Present).
NALFA has recommended qualified attorney fee experts on legal fee and billing matters.
NALFA's Attorney Fee Dispute Mediation Program has an 86% resolution rate on fee dispute cases, a significantly higher rate than bar administered fee dispute programs. NALFA’s Fee Dispute Mediation Program has resolved over $5 million in disputed attorney fees between parties.
NALFA's highly qualified attorney fee experts are retained by fee-seeking and fee-challenging clients (law firms and corporations) throughout the U.S.
NALFA has hosted over 20 different CLE and professional development programs on attorney fees and legal billing topics since 2008. Several of our faculty have included sitting federal judges.
Every year, NALFA rates the nation's top attorney fee experts, bankruptcy fee examiners, and legal bill review programs.
NALFA offers a Certificate in Reasonable Attorney Fees, the nation’s first and only certificate of its kind.
NALFA has established Best Practices in Outside Legal Fee Analysis, a peer review driven code of professional conduct.
NALFA's News Blog covers jurisprudence and scholarship on reasonable attorney fees throughout the U.S.
NALFA filed Amicus Briefs in Worley v. Storage USA, Pipefitters v. Oakley in California appellate courts and in the landmark ADA case, Covington v. McNeese State University in the Louisiana Supreme Court.
NALFA houses a body of scholarship on reasonable attorney fees including surveys, reports, articles, and studies.
NALFA also recognizes the nation’s most influential scholarship on attorney fees.
NALFA conducts custom hourly rate surveys for law firms and courts.
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- Legal Fee Analysis
- Legal Fee Disputes
- Litigation Cost Matters
- Attorney Fees and Legal Billing
- Litigation Consulting
- Analyze Attorney Fees in Fee-Shifting Litigation
- Provide Expert Opinion on the Reasonableness of Attorney Fees
- Counsel Businesses and In-House Counsel on Litigation Costs & Budgets
- Assess Attorney Fees in Class Action Settlements
- Establish Litigation Management and Legal Cost Containment Programs
- Evaluate Legal Fees in Large Complex Litigation
- Submit Affidavit Supporting or Opposing Attorney Fee Petition
- Train Law Firms and Attorneys on Proper Billing Practices
- Mediate High Stakes Legal Fee Disputes
- Evaluate Underlying Defense Costs
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Our members specialize in attorney fees and litigation costs. Their work and expertise are nationally respected by the judiciary, bar associations and legal scholars. They specialize in a number of areas including litigation management, attorney fee litigation, attorney fee dispute, professional responsibility, and legal ethics. Our members have testified in court as expert witnesses, published peer review articles, and saved clients millions on unreasonable attorney fees and litigation costs.
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Terence Jesse, Program Director
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