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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

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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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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Stinson Leonard Street ranked high on the 2015 Billing Rates list, with its attorneys occupying four out of 10 top spots for Missouri, including the highest rate reported. Paul Hoffmann, a partner at the firm’s Kansas City headquarters, snagged the ...

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Showing which size matters

The rates detailed by firms working on the bankruptcy allowed for a comparison with the Minneapolis-area market with those of Missouri’s major metros in Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s eighth annual Billing Rates issue. The issue showcases an annual exclusive sampling of the hourly rates reported by firms in court filings.

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Billing Rates 2012: Partners in KC make more than those in St. Louis

The average hourly rate for a Kansas City partner, $493, for example, easily topped that of a St. Louis partner, $383, thanks in large part to Stinson Morrison’s work on the Hostess Brands Inc. bankruptcy, which put the firm in the company of larger higher-priced out-of-state firms.

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FEELING THE SQUEEZE

Kansas City attorneys have bargain basement rates compared to lawyers in bigger markets. In 2010, Kansas City partners charged an average $387 per hour, according to sister publication Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s fourth annual Billing Rates report. Their counterparts in New York billed at an average more than double that.

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