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. The county will pay my fee.)

My hourly rate is $250. I will consider reducing it if you are indigent or in custody. If you pay by the hour, 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. I accept credit cards and other forms of payment.

Flat fee
I offer flat fees for a few types of cases, and I offer time payments.

Costs and expenses
In addition to the fee, which covers my time and expertise, you will also need to pay costs and expenses that come up, such as for court records, transcriptions, 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.