I would be surprised if the agreement were silent. Seems as if your attorney and you disagreed. In NY it is off of the net.
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It should say it is either from gross or net. If not, you may be able to do
something. You might call the colorado bar association. They have a free
attorney fee arbitration program. That might be a good way to find out
whether you have a claim to more money.
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Very interesting. In Colorado, I have only seen one contingent fee agreement where the fees paid to the attorney came after liens and costs were paid. In that situation, the client specifically made the request and the fee agreement was modified. Otherwise, every fee agreement I have seen says that the attorney is paid from "gross recovery" proceeds.
Review your fee agreement. Is it truly silent on that issue? You may want to ask an attorney to spend a half hour with you to review the agreement to let you know what your next steps might be if you feel wronged.
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