Schlather, Stumbar, Parks & Salk, LLP, charges an hourly rate of between $300 and $400. In some cases, there is no charge for an initial consultation.
In certain cases, including personal injury, medical malpractice, and some civil rights cases, we charge a contingency fee instead of an hourly rate. A contingency fee is a percentage of any recovery that we obtain for the client, typically 25 percent to 33-1/3 percent. The fee is contingent on the recovery, which means that it is paid only if there is a recovery of money. If there is no recovery, there is no fee. However, under all circumstances, the client is responsible for all out-of-pocket disbursements.
New York State law requires that there be a letter of engagement in virtually all cases. The letter of engagement spells out the scope of services to be provided, the type of fee being charged, and -- in hourly-fee cases -- an estimate of the total cost to the client, among other information. The firm routinely provides such a letter to all clients who engage us.