Rates for Personal Injury Cases
Contingency Fee Percentage
Based out of Portland, Oregon, the attorneys at Clark Law and Associates, LLC accept most personal injury plaintiff’s cases on a contingency fee basis. We also accept Washington State personal injury cases. Call us at (503) 238-1010 for a free case evaluation to determine if we will accept your case on a contingency fee basis.
In addition to attorney fees, there are hard costs of litigation, expenses directly related to a client’s case, such as filing fees and service of process fees. Our contingency fee percentage remains at 33.33% for clients who forward or promptly reimburse litigation costs. When our firm forwards the litigation costs, the attorney fee percentage increases to 35% after filing and 40% after arbitration or trial. For an explanation of hard costs/expenses of litigation see: Filing an Oregon Lawsuit
Oregon Attorney Fee Awards
In some cases, Oregon statutes allow for attorney fees to be awarded after a lawsuit is filed. ORS 20.080 has an attorney fee provision for plaintiffs in personal injury cases filed for $10,000.00 or less, provided that a proper demand package has been sent to the proper parties. For injury claims filed under the Oregon landlord/tenant act, ORS 90.255 provides for reciprocal attorneys fees, meaning the losing party must pay the attorney’s fees of the prevailing party. If a person is injured as a result of a civil rights violation by a government agent, attorney fees may be sought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1988(b). It is advantageous to a plaintiff to file a lawsuit under an attorney fee provision, because if attorney fees are awarded, then these fees offset any attorney fee percentage.
Hourly Rates for Civil Defense
Attorney Rates: $280/hour for attorneys with less than 10 years of experience. $400 per hour for attorneys with more than 10 years of experience.
Legal assistant Rates: $125.00 – $200.00 depending on experience.
Flat Fees: We sometimes offer flat fees for a defined amount of work.
Note: There are times we decide a Plaintiff’s case is a high risk to accept on a contingency fee basis and rather than decline the case, we may offer to work on an hourly basis.
Please Note: The above rates are generalized terms and rates and are subject to change without notice. Our fee agreements contain additional terms to what is listed above. Unless we have a written fee agreement we do not represent you.