No. You cannot collect attorney fees. The rare exception is if your roofing contract had a provision for attorney fees. Sometimes in negligence cases the plaintiff's lawyer agrees to a contingent fee of 25-33% of the settlement or court judgment, meaning if you don't recover neither does he. If you have an hourly fee then there is a chance that most of your winnings will go to your lawyer. The roofer has a similar dilemma paying fees plus whatever he ends up owing you. This economic reality is why 95% of cases settle sooner or later.
In general, each party to a lawsuit bears their own legal fees unless the parties to the lawsuit signed a written agreement stating otherwise. I am assuming this is a direct action against the roof for breach of contract or negligence.
No. Discuss this with your attorney.
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