Your first appointment with me is free, unless we agree ahead of time that it is a one-time consultation. After that, you can pay me either an hourly rate or a flat fee, your choice.

(If your case has been assigned to me by a public-defense agency, this page does not apply to you.)

My hourly rate is $250. If you decide to pay hourly, you will deposit a certain amount in a trust account, and I will draw my fee from that account each month. As the trust account is depleted, you will pay more into it, so it always has a minimum balance.

Flat fee
Many clients prefer a flat fee. The amount of the flat fee depends on how many hours I estimate the case will take. Over the last two years, given how many hours I have spent and my current rate, my flat fees have averaged about $6,700, with a range of $1,200 to $13,000. Your particular fee will depend on your particular case. I offer time payments, although I require a substantial initial payment before I begin work.

Costs and expenses
In addition to the fee for my time and expertise, you will also need to pay costs and expenses that come up, such as for court records, transcription costs, expert witness fees, and other expenses. This amount is usually a few hundred dollars, although your particular case might be different.

Pro bono
Unfortunately, I cannot offer pro bono services. Although I do many hours of pro bono work each year, I focus on working with nonprofits to help immigrant children gain legal status in the United States.

We will discuss the money in our first meeting, and we will agree in writing before you pay me anything, so we are both on the same page and know what to expect.