We handled the case aggressively, immediately took legal action and hired the best accident reconstruction expert available. We examined and photographed the vehicles for evidence from the trial. We met with the ex-dinging lawyer and the young father`s family. These solicitor-client meetings are obviously important, because the client must want the consultation agreement and a participant and a party must be in the case. The client has signed a new representation agreement that reflects the royalty-sharing agreement (but under Rule 1.5 (e), a new agreement is not required. On the basis of these rules of ethics, not only can a lawyer who exercises the right to the person be associated with fees as a co-counsel with another lawyer in another law firm, but also lawyers who work in the field of family law, criminal law, real estate or another specialty. , and who collectively participate in the personal injury and participation in the eventual costs incurred by the case. The percentage of the fee owed to the co-counsel should not be commensurant to the extent of the work done in the litigation. In other words, a lawyer can collect 30%, 40% or even 50% of the tax in a case without having his name on the briefs or perform one of the «trial work». Normally, the only role of our co-counsel in this matter is to maintain the relationship with the client. However, we recognize the importance of this role and understand that the allocation of royalties between co-commissions should reflect the value of this service. In Gary`s $5 million case, another lawyer represented the surviving family of a young father who tragically died in a tractor-trailer accident. The loaded truck hit his father`s SUV at a crossroads, killing both the truck driver and the young father.
The force of the impact pushed the SUV and the tractor trailer overturned and slid along the roadway. The lawyer representing the family recognized the great value of the case and agreed with us based on our experience, resources and results. At Fried Goldberg, 95% of our cases come from other lawyers who have partnered with us as co-counsel, because we have looked at catastrophic injuries and illegal deaths, primarily in the area of HGV and commercial vehicle accidents. Many of these lawyers do not have experience with these cases, but they retain a significant amount of contingency costs as they maintain their relationship with the client. We play the role of Lead Counsel in the case and promote all costs and expenses, but we make sure that our co-counsel is always kept in the loop. We look forward to participating as co-counsel as soon as possible in one case. Often, we are called about the deal even before the potential client has entered into a fee contract, and we meet with the potential client to support the interview process and the listing of the case. In these situations, both our law firm and our co-counsel are listed as legal assistance in the fee contract, which indicates the distribution of costs between co-committees.
If you think your case could benefit from a second chair, please contact Will Davidson LLP. We would be more than happy to see how we can help. With offices in Toronto, Burlington, Oakville, Huntsville, Midland, Lindsay, Bowmanville, Whitby, Markham and Orillia, our lawyers are ideally located for personal injury to enter into co-advisory agreements. Contact us today at 1-866-840-9002 for non-binding advice. We have attached a standard royalty-sharing agreement that we use in our cases.