Attorneys' Fees

Florida has declared that attorneys' fees in excess of the following amounts are presumed unreasonable:

  1. In cases that settle before filing an answer or appointing an arbitrator, 33 1/3 percent of any recovery up to $1,000,000, 30 percent of any recovery between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000, and 20 percent of any excess over $2,000,000.
  2. In cases that settle subsequently or go to trial, 40 percent of any recovery up to $1,000,000, 30 percent of any recovery between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000, and 20 percent of any excess over $2,000,000.
  3. In cases in which liability is admitted and only damages are contested, 33 1/3 percent of any recovery up to $1,000,000, 20 percent of any recovery between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000, and 15 percent of any excess over $2,000,000.

In cases that are appealed an extra 5 percent over what is otherwise allowed.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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