The Associate & Paralegal’s Role in Collecting Attorney’s Fees & Costs


CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

This course will be a step-by-step guide to the paralegal’s role in the process of collecting both fees and costs. Learn tips for gathering, compiling and organizing the receipts, invoices and other supporting documents to support the cost claim. Prepare for an attorney’s fees and costs hearing like you prepare for trial but with some added considerations. Increase your confidence and knowledge so that you can obtain better results for your firm and your client.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Gathering supporting documents for the Bill of Costs and drafting the Motion to Tax Costs
•   Discussion of the most efficient ways the paralegal can assist with the Attorney’s Fee Affidavit and Motion for Attorney’s Fees
•   Advice on how to be completely prepared for attending the fees/cost hearing

Date / Time: March 6, 2020

•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Eastern
•   10:00 am – 12:00 pm Central
•   9:00 am – 11:00 am Mountain
•   8:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

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Original Broadcast Date: March 6, 2020

Nancy L. Jordahl, ACP, FRP, FCP, is a litigation paralegal at Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial in Orlando, Florida. She received her B.A. in Russian Studies from Stetson University and completed the Rollins College Paralegal Studies Program with honors. She is a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA), the Central Florida Paralegal Association (CFPA) and the Paralegal Section of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA). She currently serves as NALA’s Area 1 Director (2018-2020) and as a member of the Florida Registered Paralegal Enrichment Committee (2019-2020). Nancy has been a paralegal program advisory committee member for various local paralegal schools. She has previously presented seminars on Preparing for Trial, Discovery Tips and Tricks and Paralegal Ethics. She has authored two chapters of the 2019 NALA Certified Paralegal Exam Fundamentals book (Torts and Clarity of Expression) and several articles for NALA’s Facts & Findings magazine. Nancy was named CFPA’s Paralegal of the Year in 2010 and received CFPA’s Affiliates Award in 2017.

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Section I. Background on recovery of attorney’s fees and costs

Section II. Initial steps/calendaring

Section III. Bill of Costs/Motion to Tax Costs

Section IV. Attorney’s Fee Affidavit and Motion for Attorney’s Fees

Section V. Discovery
a) Written discovery (Requests for Admissions, Interrogatories, Requests for Production)
b) Depositions
c) Deposition designations

Section VI. Preparing for and attending the Fees/Costs hearing
a) Bifurcation
b) Trial brief
c) Motions in Limine
d) Order of Proof
e) Witnesses (fact and expert)
f) Exhibits
g) Demonstratives
h) Reporting to client