Many of our clients are referred to us from other lawyers. We value the partnerships we have formed with referring lawyers all across the country, and our referral fee arrangements reflect that appreciation.
Our referral fee philosophy is simple–you introduced us to the client and therefore you should share in our legal fee. That is why in accordance with Georgia Rule of Professional Conduct 1.5(e) we ethically fee share with every lawyer who refers us a client.
We Fee Share
Rule 1.5(e) in the Georgia Bar Handbook says that fee sharing between lawyers who do not practice at the same law firm is 100% ethical and acceptable if:
- the division is in proportion to the services performed by each lawyer or, by written agreement with the client, each lawyer assumes joint responsibility for the representation;
- the client is advised of the share that each lawyer is to receive and does not object to the participation of all the lawyers involved; and
- the total fee is reasonable.
We regularly fee share with lawyers in and out of Georgia who practice family law, criminal defense law, business law, estate planning law, and personal injury law both on the plaintiff side and the defense side.
Why Refer the Client to Us
Other lawyers recommend our law firm because of two important reasons that extend beyond financial gain: Trust and Reputation.
First, other lawyers trust us. They trust us because they know we know what we’re doing. We’ve been specializing in personal injury law for a long time. We have proven trial skills, verdicts in newspapers, and financial resources to take a case all the way to the end. Lawyers who speak well of us to their clients, their friends, or their coworkers trust that our law firm will work hard to achieve the best possible result. If a case should settle, we will settle it. If a case should go trial, we will try it. Our track record of securing large verdicts proves we are ready for trial.
Second, just as important as trust, is reputation. Any time a lawyer refers a case to another lawyer the referring lawyer is putting his own reputation at stake. We guarantee we will regularly communicate with the client; that the client will know exactly what is happening with their case at every stage; and that the client will have nothing but a positive experience working with our firm.
What You Can Expect When You Refer a Client to Us
When you make the introduction, we mobilize immediately. We will not lose a client by failing to act quickly. Unless you tell us to wait, we will immediately reach out to the potential client by phone call, text, and email. We will then keep you updated from that moment forward so that you are never left wondering if we did take on the representation.
We pay all of the case costs. Our firm will pay 100% of all case expenses. Medical records, filing fees, background searches, service fees, experts, medical testimony, insurance company communications, litigation costs, and everything else that it takes to win the case, we will pay. You will not be asked to contribute anything to the expenses.
We do all of the work. Some lawyers who refer the client to us want to stay involved and participate at depositions, mediation, or even at trial. That’s fine. Other lawyers who refer the client to us prefer to make the introduction and then bow out. That’s fine too. In either situation, whether you want to be slightly involved or not involved at all, you will be paid from our portion. In either situation, whether you want to be slightly involved or not involved at all, you will be kept briefed and updated throughout the case as the case moves forward to trial or settlement.
We will pay you the same day we pay ourselves. Our referring lawyers get paid the same day we get paid. When a case resolves and a check is issued to our law firm, we deposit that check in to our firm’s IOLTA. We then meet with the client who will sign a disbursement statement. The disbursement statement lays out who is getting paid, and how much each person/entity is to be paid. As soon as the client signs the disbursement statement, we issue checks: a check to the client, a check to us, and a check to you. We will meet with you that same day and deliver your check to you at your law firm, over coffee, over dinner, or to your home. If you are an out-of-state referring attorney, then we will overnight FedEx your check to you.
If you are a lawyer and you’d like to discuss a case that you think we can help on, we invite you to call us at (404) 587-8423 or email us.