More than 30 years of experience.... NATIONWIDE COVERAGE PUBLICATIONS REPRESENTING LAW FIRMS
  LEGAL FEE AUDITS INSURANCE BAD FAITH EXPERT BANKRUPTCY SPECIAL COUNSEL Legal auditing is the review and analysis of professional billing for legal fees and .... I have spent over 14 years adjusting or supervising thousands of high exposure cases .... We represent post petition lenders, secured creditors, and other interested parties ....
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   February 2010   

     In Department of Fair Employment and Housing v. United Dominion Realty (Case Nos. 07CC12067, 02CC12069), the court accepted our audit findings, stating that:

“In awarding fees in these amounts, the court has fully accepted the declaration of James P. Schratz in opposition to the motion, including all of his recommended reductions. The court finds his qualifications to be impressive. Likewise his reasoning as to why the fees sought are excessive is persuasive.”

   
   
   
   
Jim Schratz has authored over 35 articles.  Find below links to his three most recent and a list of all the articles.
    
     How To Win A Fee Petition
    
     Billing Guidelines
        
     Bad Faith For Legal Work
     
      
April 1991, "Managing Insurer, Insured Conflicts of Interest by Use of Independent Counsel," American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Committee on Insurance, Mid-Year Meeting.

June 1992, "Do The Right Thing," California Lawyer

June 1992, "Resolving the Cumis Quandary: Guidelines for Reasonable Fees," Insurance Litigation Reporter

October 1992, "The Alliance Lives," Underwriters Report

October 1992, "The Need For Legal Audits," Verdict

February 1993, "Cumis Counsel's Obligation To Provide Information To The Insurance Company," American Bar Association, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Mid-Winter Meeting

Spring 1993, "The Other Side of the Cumis Coin: The Insurer's Ability To Select Associate Defense Counsel Under Civil Code, Section 2860 (f)" (with Jon R. Mower), Western State Law Review

July 1993, "Is Your Insurance Company Doing Enough To Fight Fraud?," Risk Management

July 1993, "Why We Lost The Battle Against Insurance Fraud," Claims

September 1993, "Customer Satisfaction - The Secret Weapon in Law Firm Marketing," Washington State Bar News

October 1993, "Tactical Defenses: An Insurance Company's Guide to Working with Cumis Counsel" (with Jon R. Mower), Claims

October 1993, "Fighting Insurance Fraud Takes Persistence," Missouri Agent

Spring 1994, "Legal Auditing Makes Sense," Legal Audit Review

September 1994, "Empowering Adjusters For Creative Solutions," Best's Review

February 1995, "How To Avoid A Fee Dispute With Your Client," American Bar Association, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (with Susan R. Brown)

February 1995, "Billing Guidelines and Fee Disputes," American Bar Association, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee

April 1995, "Bad Faith for Legal Work? Your Insurer May Be Liable for Mishandling Its Lawyers," Claims Magazine

April 1995, "Is Your Company's Insurance Firm Guilty of Litigation Mismanagement?" Claims Magazine

May 1995, "Billing Guidelines and Fee Disputes: A Case Law Review," Trial Diplomacy Journal, Volume 18, Number 3

July 1995, "How to Avoid Fee Disputes" (with Susan Brown), The Practical Litigator, Volume 6, Number 4

April 1996, "Take A Psychological Approach To Managing Legal Fees," Claims

May 1996, "Cross-Examining the Legal Auditor," The Practical Litigator, Volume 7, Number 3

August 1996, "Is your Insurance Company Liable for Bad Faith Litigation Management," Business Laws, Inc., Litigation Management

Fall 1996, "Cross-Examining a Legal Auditor," American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Volume 20:1

November 1996, "Cross-Examining a Legal Auditor," Business Laws, Inc., Law Department Management Adviser, Issue No. 152

August 1997, "The Recovery of Legal Fees and the Use of A Legal Fee Auditor in Fee-Shifting Cases" (with Susan R. Brown), Business Laws, Inc., Law Department Management Adviser

September-October, 1997, "Recovering Legal Fees and using Legal Fee Auditors" (with Susan R. Brown), Trial Diplomacy Journal, Volume 20, Number 5

March, 1998, "How the Legal Auditor Can Help You in the Fee-Shifting Case" (with Susan R. Brown), The Practical Litigator, Volume 9, Number 2

March/April 1998, "Strategic Inflection Points in the Legal Profession," American Journal of Trial Advocacy

April 1998, "Controlling the Uncontrollable: When Insurers Must Pay Plaintiff's Legal Fees," Commercial Claims

July 1998, "Strategic Inflection Points in the Legal Profession," Business Laws, Inc., Law Department Management Advisor

Summer 1998, "I Told You to Fire Nicholas Farber -- A Psychological and Sociological Analysis of Why Attorneys Overbill," Rutgers Law Review, Vol 50; No. 4.

April 2001, "Winning an Attorney's Fee Petition," Rhode Island Bar Journal, Volume XLIX, Number 7

May 2001, "How To Win a Fee Petition," The Practical Litigator, Volume 12, Number 3

August 2001, "How to Win a Fee Petition," The Federal Lawyer, Volume 48, Number Seven

May 31, 2002, "Ballooning Costs – Avoiding Questionable Billing Practices Improves Chance of Recovering Fees," Los Angeles Daily Journal, Dicta

      
    

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