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Federal case paid at mid-Missouri rates

A former Missouri official who faced a tough fight over part of the Affordable Care Act faced another daunting challenge in trying to get paid for his work. Jay Angoff was the lead plaintiffs’ attorney in a lawsuit filed in ...

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Mix of cases yields hourly rates across Missouri

It’s no secret that New York is pricier than St. Louis, and that is certainly true when it comes to the amount that attorneys charge by the hour. A recent bankruptcy filing illustrates just how much. When the coal company ...

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Billing Rates 2018- Methodology

The hourly rates were gathered from applications for attorneys’ fees filed with courts within the last 12 months. Rate information from courts generally came from bankruptcy cases, class-action lawsuits and cases in which the winning side requested fees under statutory ...

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Billing Rates 2017: Data

Click on chart image to enlarge. Freelance researcher Jennie Goodman and senior reporter Scott Lauck researched the listings. Lauck, Goodman and staff reporter Catherine Martin analyzed the findings.

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St. Louis averages $411, Kansas City $373

The average hourly billing rate increased slightly for Missouri lawyers this year, going to $382 from $365, according to Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s annual report. Check out this information, and the rates for over 300 attorneys, in BILLING RATES 2017!

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Getting the other side to pay your fees

There’s nothing more American than paying your own legal bills. But sometimes there are exceptions, as two recent cases in the Western District Court of Appeals demonstrate. Last March, the appeals court tentatively approved a departure from the so-called “American ...

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Billing Rates 2017: Methodology

The hourly rates were gathered from applications for attorneys’ fees filed with courts within the last 12 months. Rate information from courts generally came from bankruptcy cases, class action lawsuits and cases where the winning side requested fees under statutory ...

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Billing Rates 2017

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Billing Rates 2016

You can also view the digital edition on PageTurn Pro. If you would like to see an older version of Missouri Lawyers Weekly, you can view them in our archives.  

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Billing Rates 2015

This year we scooped up hourly rates for 197 attorneys and staffers, including 118 Missouri lawyers. Partner rates in the Missouri sampling ranged from Stinson partner Paul Hoffmann’s $600 an hour charge in another bankruptcy — that of “Old” Hostess in New York — to the $145 charged by Brown & James’ principals in a St. Louis insurance case.

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Well-known attorneys bank on their names

A big name can mean bigger dollars for an attorney, at least according to some attorneys whose names featured prominently in the news this year. Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s 2015 Billing Rates  dataset includes rates for three “celebrity” attorneys — Anthony ...

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