Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Attorneys’ Rates For Paralegal Work Inappropriate

Robinson v. Chand, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32347 (May 2)

The Eastern District of California reduced a requested attorney’s fees award because various tasks performed by the attorney could have been delegated to a paralegal: “paralegal work should be billed at an appropriate rate, regardless of the status of the person actually undertaking the work.” Here, the tasks that should have been billed at paralegal rates included preparing cover sheets, converting computer files, mailing and arranging for service of documents, scheduling matters, organizing case files, researching non-legal matters and preparing boilerplate documents.

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