policies

Anderson & Cunningham limits the number of cases that it takes so that it can devote its full resources to those cases. We adhere to this policy so that our clients are assured that we are completely committed to each case that we take.

These cases tend to have large amounts in controversy, and the legal and factual issues in dispute are often highly complex. Usually, the outcome of these cases will have a significant financial impact on the participating parties. But this is not always so. Sometimes the firm undertakes a case just because it presents moral or legal issue of interest. Sometimes the firm sees an injustice, and takes on a case with the hope of righting that injustice through the legal system for the benefit of that party as well as others similarly situated.

At any rate, we understand that each case is of the utmost importance to those involved. We are always mindful of that fact, and in those cases in which we do not accept the representation, we will try to refer the inquiring party to other counsel.

Anderson & Cunningham's retention policy is to first meet the needs of its clients. This policy extends to firm's fee arrangement as well as all other aspects of the firm's work. The firm and its attorneys believe that they have an obligation to creatively explore all available options for the client's benefit. In all matters that concern the client, Anderson & Cunningham believes that its job is not just to find the better alternative, but to create a better alternative. For this reason, Anderson & Cunningham has always been willing to discuss alternative billing arrangements with its clients, and it has handled many cases under non traditional fee contracts.

Given the firm's size and structure, it has greater flexibility to do alternative compensation arrangements. Many of the firm's clients prefer the traditional, more standard hourly billing method, and that option is always made available. But other clients have needs and interests that are not met by standard billing arrangements, and in those cases, Anderson & Cunningham will work with the client to structure alternative fee agreements that are better suited to that particular client's needs and wishes.

Many cases have been handled on a contingent basis. Some clients seek a contingent fee arrangement because they could not otherwise afford counsel, but others simply prefer this kind of arrangement. They believe that the firm and its lawyers are better qualified to assess the risks inherent in a particular case, and they feel more comfortable when the lawyers are participating in that risk. They also believe that the outcome of the case is influenced by the lawyers efforts on the case, and for that reason, they believe that the lawyers compensation should be tied to the results in the case. Philosophically, Anderson & Cunningham agrees with this point of view.

Contingent fees are but one alternative billing method. There are many others. In fact, there are no inherent limitations on the various alternative fee arrangements that are available. Typically, court costs and other expenses are paid by the client when those costs are incurred; however, the way in which costs are handled and other specific terms are determined on a case by case basis, and those specific terms vary depending on the nature of the case and needs of the client.