Fee Review Attorney

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 06/06/18
Madison, WI
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 06/06/18

POSITION SUMMARY

This is a unique opportunity to join a highly visible practice that works with nationally-prominent law firms in large Chapter 11 proceedings. The Fee Review Attorney’s role is to assist the fee review team shareholders and associate, in all phases of the practice group’s work, with a primary focus on the initial review and coding of professional fee applications, invoices and electronic billing data.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Apply general knowledge of legal services providers and their fees to develop initial impression of fee requests
  • Evaluate the scope of services provided in relation to initial retention agreement terms
  • Review individual time entries for compliance with a set of pre-established guidelines and standards, electronically coding time entries that deviate from these standards
  • Review court records, trade media and other sources to determine legal context of services provided
  • Develop initial opinion of reasonableness and necessity of legal fees requested
  • Draft correspondence outlining findings with respect to fee request
  • Generate Microsoft Excel-based exhibit set in support of findings
  • Generate one-page summaries of findings
  • Communicate with supervising attorneys on recommendations and respond to requests for further analysis
  • Develop and support settlement recommendations
  • Prepare reports summarizing recommended fee and expense deductions
  • Adhere to a consistent and court-ordered review and reporting schedule
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • J.D. from ABA accredited law school
  • Admitted to practice or eligible for admission to practice in at least one state court and one federal court
  • A basic knowledge of or interest in Chapter 11 practice, with an understanding that this field involves both transactional and litigation work
  • The ideal candidatewould also have:
    • Finance, accounting or math undergraduatedegree/experience
    • Experience as a billing timekeeper at a law firm and/or familiarity with law firm billing practices and billing software
    • Knowledge of bankruptcy law and/or procedure a plus (took bankruptcy class in law school, prior work experience in a bankruptcy court or as a bankruptcy assistant, clerk or paralegal)
    • Litigation experience
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Superior organizational and time management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and comfort with telephonic and face-to-face communications
  • Ability to work cooperatively as part of a team
  • Proven ability to work within fast-paced team environment with multiple deadlines and demands both internally and externally
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