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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