Monthly Archives: December 2012

Attorney fees for NRA Attorneys

Attached is the recently-filed attorneys fees opinion from the district court in Illinois resolving a fee petition for the prevailing lawyers for the NRA before the Supreme Court.

Two lawyers who argued before the Supreme Court were found entitled to hourly rates of $1,020 and $880, respectively.  Another such lawyer who sought compensation at $800 per hour, but who had discounted his time to his client, got $450 per hour, notwithstanding that he had actually charged his clients at the discounted rate of only $225 per hour.  Evidence showed that he charged other clients at rates between $400 and $500 per hour.

While you might find this objectionable, a significant amount of thought goes into the award of attorney fees.  I think the court gives a decent analysis how it justified such profound rates.

What can we learn from this …

Read the opinion here: NRA v Village of Oak Park (N D Ill 2012) (gargantuan hourly rates for NRA lawyers)

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.