Contingency Fee Employment Law Attorney in Northern Virginia
Almost all of J. Madison PLC's clients are Virginia employees who agree to pay us on a contingency fee basis. In these cases, our clients do not pay us fees while we work on their cases. Instead, if we help our clients secure a settlement or a verdict, the clients pay us a portion of that amount, normally between 1/3 and 1/2, depending on the case.
Our Employment Law Investigation and Litigation Process in Contingency Cases:
In our contingency fee cases, we normally follow a six-step process:
- We meet with potential clients in a case evaluation to determine whether there's a likelihood that the client's employer treated them illegally, and whether the potential client suffered damages as a result.
When we discover a likelihood that a potential client has a valuable claim, we extend to that potential client an offer of representation for a contingency fee.
After the potential client agrees, and becomes our client, we conduct a thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances surrounding the client's case. In that investigation, we review the client's timeline and evidence, and we talk to as many witnesses as we can.
After the investigation we determine whether a claim can be asserted against the employer in good faith and, if so, the value of that claim.
We attempt to negotiate a resolution of our client's claims with the employer.
If the employer is unwilling to voluntarily resolve the client's claims through a settlement, we litigate our client's claims wherever appropriate, including in state and federal court, before state or federal agencies, and in front of private arbitrators.
In these cases, the client accepts risk that they will pay us more than our hourly market rate in exchange for the ability to forego paying fees unless and until we achieve a positive outcome. At the same time, J. Madison PLC accepts risk that our efforts might go unpaid if there is no monetary outcome or that we will receive less than our hourly market rate. Pursuant to Virginia's ethics rules, clients are always responsible for payments made to third parties such as investigators, court reporters, and expert witnesses.