The majority of my clients are individuals and families fighting against well-funded, powerful insurance companies. In most cases, my clients have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. These clients come to me because the person who caused their injury has refused to accept responsibility for his wrongful conduct.
“Liberty and justice for all” requires that all people be treated equally under the law. However, the reality is that most of my clients cannot afford to pay me an hourly rate to handle their cases. This is especially so where the person who caused my client’s injury is represented by a well-funded insurance company. Trying to represent yourself against a big insurance company is not a fair fight. The old adage, “He who represents himself, has a fool for a client” is absolutely true in today’s complex legal system. For these reasons, many attorneys who represent injured persons do so for a contingency fee, rather than an hourly fee.
A contingency fee gives the average man the key to the courthouse. Without trial lawyers willing to put their own effort and money into representing a client on a contingency fee basis, “justice for all” would be meaningless and the reality would be more like “justice for the rich and powerful who can afford it.”