Bankruptcy Court Approves Higher Hourly Rate for Attorney Who Attended CLE

Bankruptcy Court Approves Higher Hourly Rate for Attorney Who Attended CLE

The Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan has a three-tiered presumptive hourly rate for chapter 13 debtor’s attorneys. The first, at $175.00 per hour, is the lowest tier. The second, at $220.00 per hour, is for attorneys who have attended at least seven hours of CLE and certified attendance and chapter 13 expertise to the court. The third, at $250.00 per hour, is for attorneys who are certified by the American Board of Certification (ABC).

In this case the attorney sought the $250.00 per hour rate, even though he was not certified by the ABC. The Trustee objected.

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1 Comment

  1. Stephen Reynolds

    Are there any lode star opinions in your district? Every once in a while someone, often a new judge, questions hourly rates charged, usually in Chapter 11 cases. Some of the usual suspects file declarations stating their years of experience, qualifications and hourly rates. This establishes what the lode star rate is, at least in Sacramento. If $250 an hour is less than what the market supports for similar experience outside of bankruptcy you might want to educate the court. I did that a while back for special tax counsel when the Judge questioned $500 an hour.

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