are other legal fee auditors, but only my company
makes this personal pledge: As owner of Jim Schratz
and Associates, I guarantee that if you do not
think our audit is of the highest quality, there
charge. Yes, you read that right.
We will perform a full-scale legal fee
audit, input and code all the bills, generate
computer reports, read all pleadings, depositions,
and correspondence, and provide a written report.
If you do not believe it is the most even-handed,
high-quality and unbiased legal fee audit you have
ever seen, and decide not to use the audit report,
there is no
can make this promise because, after conducting
hundreds of audits around the country, and
comparing them to other legal fee audits, I am
confident that any client will immediately
recognize that our audits are of the highest
Risk to the Client
This personal pledge means that the client
has no risk
in hiring Jim
Schratz and Associates.
General Counsel who retains Jim
Schratz and Associates to audit legal bills
takes no risk. If
the General Counsel or CEO does not think the
audit is outstanding, the company does not have to
insurance adjuster who retains Jim
Schratz and Associates to audit outside
counsel fees takes no risk. If
the adjuster does not think the audit is
outstanding, the adjuster does not have to pay.
attorney who is representing a client in a fee
dispute with a prior law firm and recommends the
client hire Jim
Schratz and Associates takes no risk. If the
client does not think the audit is of the highest
quality, the client does not have to pay.
defense attorney who is opposing a fee application
by a successful plaintiff and recommends the
client retain Jim
Schratz and Associates takes no risk.
If the client does not think the audit is
of the highest quality, the client does not have
plaintiff attorney who is submitting a fee
application and wants to retain Jim Schratz and Associates to review the invoices in support of the
fee application takes no risk. If
the attorney does not think the audit report is a
fair, unbiased, report of the highest quality, the
attorney does not have to pay our fee.
I Make This Unique Guarantee of a Free, No-Risk
I am the owner of Jim
Schratz and Associates, and I personally
review all the pleadings, correspondence, and
other available work product. I
do not delegate this to somebody else, so I know
how much hard work went into the audit.
I personally sign the audit report so I am putting
my own name and reputation on the line in every
do not delegate this responsibility to somebody
I am the only one from Jim
Schratz and Associates who testifies in
support of the audit at a hearing or trial. I
do not delegate that responsibility to somebody
have to be completely confident in the quality of
the audit before I ever get on the witness stand.
I only perform the most thorough audit possible.
I review all the invoices, all the
pleadings, all the depositions, all the hearing
transcripts, and all other available work product.
legal fee auditors only review the invoices.
This review is not fair to the client or
the law firm.
It is comparable to performing legal
research by only reading the “Headnotes,”
instead of reading the court opinion, or for those
attorneys who are car aficionados, it is
comparable to taking a car to a mechanic for a
check up, but not letting the mechanic look under
the hood or take the wheels off and check the
The cost will be a lot less, and so will
the validity of the results. And the mechanic will not guarantee the customer
Schratz and Associates, when it does a legal
fee audit, “looks under the hood,” “checks
the brake linings,” and guarantees your
satisfaction with the quality of the audit, or
there is no charge.