Hiring an attorney is rarely an inexpensive undertaking, but the firm understands the importance to clients of avoiding unreasonable fees and expenses. Our rates take into account factors such as that David first was licensed in 1989 and has an international practice, having represented clients from south Texas to the northern border, from Alaska to Washington, D.C, and Italy to England. See the attorney pages for further information.
A pre-paid discount applies to hourly rates when the client has funds in his or her trust account or has a credit/debit card or checking account on file to bill as invoices are issued. For example, work is billed at the pre-paid rate for so long as the initial deposit to trust is available to bill against.
In federal employee cases, David Schleicher’s pre-paid rate is $260. The standard, non-prepaid rate is $520/hour, based on the rates established by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia for an attorney with 20+ years of experience. Based on the same document from that office, the paralegal rate in federal employee cases is $150/hour when not pre-paid (but $75/hour when pre-paid).
Hotel, airfare, and mileage/rental-car charges apply for travel only if outside of the Washington metropolitan area and outside of the Texas cities of Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Temple, and Waco. As well, there is no charge for time spent in travel unless actually used to work on your case. If work is required by another of-counsel or local-counsel attorney, it generally will be at his or her standard rate.
You may ask any firm you are considering hiring for a list of their hourly rates and background on the attorneys’ years of experience and areas of concentration.
Unlike some firms, we do not charge clients for individual expenses unless they are over $50, and we do not charge for in-house photocopying or faxing. For example, if a FedEx® shipment related to your case is sent for a charge of $50 or less, that cost will not be passed along to you. Ask to see our standard contract for more details about how we bill and what we charge, as the terms there control over the summary being provided here.
Clients are required to make an up-front deposit, to apply against future work at the applicable hourly rate and expenses. The deposit for most cases is $5,000, or where termination has been proposed, $10,000. Any funds left in the trust account at the conclusion of representation, after deduction for any final amounts owed to the firm, are refunded to the client. That is, unless specifically agreed to the contrary, you will not be charged a non-refundable retainer. Work alternatively may be done for a flat rate, at attorney discretion.
Deposits and invoice payments may be made by credit card, debit card, check (generally processed electronically), money order/cashier’s check, or by ACH debit of your checking account.