Our fee arrangements are transparent and fair.
Although being a whistleblower can be quite a challenge, the False Claims Act provides substantial rewards to whistleblowers whose cases result in a recovery by the government. Hiring Kreindler & Associates to pursue that success is easier and less costly than you might think. We are in the ethics business. Our clients are our partners. Our fee arrangements are fair and transparent. Our retainer agreement is longer than most, because we believe clients deserve a full understanding of the litigation process, and we want them to be completely comfortable with every detail.
At Kreindler & Associates, fee arrangements are fully negotiable. We seek agreement with each client on fee arrangements that are consistent with the client’s best interests. Although the days are behind us when a handshake was sufficient to bind any agreement, we strive for old-fashioned fairness in all our dealings. And we communicate our agreements in writing, so that there are no surprises.
We represent most clients on a contingent fee basis. That means that our clients pay nothing for our legal services unless we achieve success in their case. Our compensation is completely contingent on the success of our advocacy. In some instances, we may utilize a combination contingent fee and hourly fee arrangement in which a client pays out-of-pocket expenses and/or a heavily-discounted hourly rate for our services with any additional compensation being dependent on success in the case. If a client prefers and hourly fee arrangement, we are willing to consider such an arrangement.
Also, we don’t expect clients to pay for any out-of-pocket expenses — such as filing or document fees, investigative expenses, travel costs or any other litigation expenses — unless their case results in a recovery and we are unable to obtain reimbursement from the defendants or through the Court. There is only one exception to this principle: if, in a False Claims Act case, the government declines to intervene and the client decides to continue pursuing it, we ask clients to pay out-of-pocket expenses going forward so they have some ‘skin in the game.’
We believe that a fee agreement between client and lawyer sets the tone for the long-term relationship that follows. As a result, we make sure you are fully informed and comfortable with all aspects of our fee arrangements.