Referral Fee Policy
Aitken * Aitken * Cohn welcomes referrals from other lawyers. The firm considers a client referral the highest compliment one lawyer can pay to another, and we welcome the opportunity to co-counsel, joint venture or assume the representation of clients on behalf of fellow attorneys.
In appropriate cases, and consistent with State Bar Rule 2-200 and the other rules of professional conduct, Aitken * Aitken * Cohn, pays referral fees to attorneys who send their clients to be represented by this office. Referral fees are calculated as a percentage of the fee earned by this office (for example, 25% of the contingent fee negotiated between Aitken * Aitken * Cohn and the referred client). The referral fee percentage is negotiable, and it varies depending on the nature of the case, its complexity, which stage of litigation the matter is in, and the fee arrangement with the client.
As required by State Bar rules, all referral fee agreements are fully disclosed to the client, who must consent to the arrangement. The referral fee agreement does not increase the fee owed by the client. It is simply an agreement among counsel to allocate the fee that the client agrees to pay this office.
Aitken * Aitken * Cohn has traditionally accepted referrals of matters at all different stages of litigation. Some referrals are made shortly after the incident occurs, others are made shortly before trial, and every step in between. Each potential referral is promptly considered by the firm on a case by case basis.
If a lawyer interested in potentially referring a case to Aitken * Aitken * Cohn has any questions regarding the firm’s referral fee policy, he or she is invited to contact any of the firm’s attorneys.