Attorneys’ Fees: Ethics of Billing & Developing Timekeeping Skills [incl. 1 Ethics Hour]


Re-Broadcast on December 29, 2017

Attorney’s fees and billing are topics that impact virtually all lawyers. Understanding billing standards and developing good timekeeping and billing practices are things that virtually all lawyers can benefit from.

Most attorneys are required to record their time for purposes of billing their clients. Many attorneys will often find themselves in situations where billing and time records are necessary to obtain fees in cases such as Bankruptcies and fee-shifting situations. Many lawyers, in particular in-house attorneys, may also find themselves in the situation of reviewing the bills of other counsel.

Understanding common billing and timekeeping standards and issues can benefit lawyers when faced with billing, requesting, or reviewing fees, and can prevent future disputes down the road.

This course includes one hour of Ethics.

Key topics to be discussed:

•  The Billable Hour and the Importance of Good Timekeeping
•  Timekeeping Practices – Good Task Descriptions
•  Billing “Red Flags”

Date / Time: December 29, 2017

•  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•  12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•  11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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•  Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•  On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date.


John L. Trunko is a director and senior legal auditor with the legal consulting and auditing firm of Stuart, Maue, Mitchell & James in St. Louis, Missouri. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Trunko has reviewed in excess of $1 billion in legal fees and costs for numerous clients throughout the United States and Europe, including Fortune 500 corporations, major insurance carriers, governmental agencies and courts. He has served as a consulting expert and has testified as an expert witness on attorneys’ fees in litigated fee disputes including complex litigation and class actions, and has assisted clients with the development and implementation of billing guidelines and legal cost management programs.

Mr. Trunko is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., and is a licensed attorney in the states of Missouri and California. Before coming to Stuart Maue, he practiced law for 12 years as a litigator in St. Louis, Missouri, and Orange County, California. His litigation background includes significant trial experience and complex case involvement.

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Section I. Fee Agreements and Fees – Ethical Requirements

Section II. Hourly Billing – Timekeeping Practices and Standards

Section III. Reasonableness – In General

Section IV. Making or Opposing Fee Requests

Section V. Recent Trends and Developments