with the client. For 2 years, the attorney mishandled the case then decided to leave the case. The client hired a new skilled contingent-based fee attorney. The new attorney signed a properly written contingency agreement.
The new attorney saved the case and won his client a verdict of $100,000. Based on the written contingency agreement, the new attorney took $33,330 (33.33% * $100,000) and the client took $66,670 ($100,000- $33,330).
The first attorney asks for his fees. California Business and Professions Code 6147 states that such contingency agreement between the first attorney and the client is voidable at the option of the client. The court determines a reasonable fee for the first attorney on hourly basis for the 2 years is $75,000.
Does the client end in the red with $8,330??!
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