Law firms pursue clients over unpaid legal bills

October 25, 2012 Law firms that might previously have hesitated before suing clients for unpaid legal bills are increasingly likely to bring an action to collect, according to a report by the New York Law journal.

The report found that there were between three and five suits brought each week in Manhattan Supreme Court in the past two months. The suits were brought by large and small firms, and the fees sought ranged from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars or more.

Howard Koh, of 50-attorney Meister Seelig & Fein which has sued clients for fees in the last year, said that before initiating litigation, the firm considers the client's ability to pay, what the firm considers to be the value of its work, the client's expectations of cost and the risk of counterclaims.


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