In addition to specifying the statutory basis for attorney fees, lawyers must also prove the reasonableness of the fees. Ms. Roddenbery cited the Georgia State Bar Rules and Regs Standard 31 and William J. Cooney, P.C. v. Rowland, 240 Ga.App. 703, 706 (1999) for the relevant factors to be considered in determining the reasonableness of attorney fees. Factors include the time and labor required, the difficulty of the questions involved, the fee customarily charged in the locality for similar services, the amount of money involved and results obtained, the length of relationship with the client, the lawyer’s experience, and whether the fee is fixed or contingent.
The take-away from Ms. Roddenbery’s presentation is that you have a better chance of having attorney fees awarded if you cite the applicable statute, meet the elements of that statute, and show the reasonableness of the requested fees. Additionally, under OCGA § 7-4-12, you can get interest on attorney fees.
Judge Christopher McFadden of the Georgia Court of Appeals attended. Section Chair Alice Limehouse presided over the program. The Sponsor Spotlight featured Marty Varon of AIG who talked about the other services his firm offers outside of family law. He shared a story of investigating a lunch lady who was stealing kids’ lunch money.
The Family Law Section invites you to our next breakfast on Thursday, May 4 at 7:30 AM in the Historic DeKalb Courthouse. The speaker is TBA, but you can check the DeKalb Bar calendar and RSVP here.