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One of the most common questions we get from Camp Lejeune clients is “what are the attorney fees to hire Fob James Law Firm?” The answer to this question is straightfoward: 20 to 25% of the recovery.

There appears to be conflciting information on the internet about CLJA attorney fees, and many clients have told us that other firms are charging 33.33% to 40% contigency fees for Camp Lejeune cases.

A contigency fee means that the attorney gets paid after the case is resolved based on a percentage of the recovery. So if the recovery is, say, $100,000.00 and the contingency fee is 40%, the attorney gets paid $40,000.00.

In most environmental tort cases, law firms charge a 40% contingency fee. However, according to the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), the attorney fees in tort claims against employees of the federal government are capped at 20 to 25%.

The CLJA incorporates the FTCA’s claims process set forth in 28 U.S. Code § 2675. Under the FTCA, if your claim is resolved administratively (e.g. the claim is submitted to the Department of Defense and it pays the claim), the attorney’s fee is capped at 20% of the total recovery. If your claim is resolved by settlement or judgment after the filing of a lawsuit, the attorney’s fee is capped at 25% of the total recovery.

Here is the bottom line. If your claim is resolved without litigation, Camp Lejeune attorney fees should be no more than 20% of the total settlement. If your claim is resolved by settlement or judgment after the filing of a lawsuit, the Camp Lejeune attorney’s fee should be no more than 25% of the total recovery.

Fob James Law Firm is representing veterans and their families all over the country in connection with their Camp Lejeune claims. If you would like to discuss a Camp Lejeune matter, please call us toll free at 833-684-0503.

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Fob James

Fob James obtained a B.S., in software engineering from Auburn University and then continued his education by getting his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law. After working for a large regional firm for several years where he obtained awards for both individual and corporate clients, Fob found that his passion was fighting for individuals who have been seriously injured or wronged by others. Fob believes that the jury is the great equalizer to the power and influence that large corporations have in society.