Is it possible to have the other party pay for my attorney fees?

Posted by Clyde Hutchins | Jul 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Question: Is it possible to have the other party pay for my attorney's fees?

Answer: In some cases, yes. A common exception to the rule that each party pays its own attorney's fees is recovery of fees for the prevailing party in some consumer protection actions.

The general rule in Colorado and Wyoming is that each party is responsible for paying its own attorney's fees. If you sue someone, you are expected to pay for your own attorney's fees in the lawsuit. Sometimes attorneys will take a case pro bono (for free) or on a contingency basis such as a personal injury action. The client does not pay in those types of matters. But those are not the only exceptions.

Some state and federal statutes provide that a consumer can recover attorney fees from the other side if the consumer is successful. These include federal laws such as the Truth in Lending Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. It also includes the Colorado Consumer Protection Act, and the Wyoming Consumer Protection Act in class action lawsuits and in cases on behalf of elderly and disabled victims of consumer fraud.

Harmony Law takes advantage of these opportunities for its clients. Where available in a consumer rights case, Harmony Law will take the case on a contingency basis where the client does not pay for the fees and costs. Fees in such cases are based on a blended hourly and contingent basis.

About the Author

Clyde Hutchins

Clyde Hutchins is the founder of Harmony Law. Prior to opening Harmony Law, Mr. Hutchins worked in the Wyoming Attorney General's Office for several years where he developed a strong consumer protection enforcement unit. In that position he led over 120 investigations and enforcement actions under the Consumer Protection Act. He worked on numerous joint cases with the Federal Trade Commission and other states, including Colorado, on consumer protection matters. Mr. Hutchins is also a contributing author to Consumer Protection Law Developments, Second Edition. Previous to his work in the Attorney General's Office, Mr. Hutchins was in private practice in Anchorage, Alaska where he was the chief litigator for a firm. Mr. Hutchins represented municipalities on various matters. Mr. Hutchins provided counsel to businesses and investment advisors regarding compliance with securities laws. He was also a bond lawyer and worked on municipal financing matters. Prior to that, Mr. Hutchins practiced civil litigation with a law firm in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Mr. Hutchins devotes his spare time to his family, traveling and enjoying the great outdoors.


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