Big Bucks and Local Lawyers: The Increasing Use of Contingency Fee Lawyers by Local Governments

October 26, 2016

Similar to state AGs hiring outside contingency fee counsel, local authorities are increasingly following this model to bring cases. This research, authored by Michael Maddigan of Hogan Lovells, highlights recent examples of local government prosecutors, including District and City attorneys, hiring outside counsel to sue businesses, and the impact these arrangements have had on the individual cases as well as on the legal system. This issue is particularly prevalent in California, which is explored in these case examples. The paper also identifies the key ethical issues and public policy problems posed by these contingency fee contracts.