How did COVID-19 affect attorney fees?

With many states remaining under stay-at-home advisement, liability attorneys have delayed various in-person actions, including depositions. A review of a Milliman database of defense attorney invoices allows this delay to be quantified.

For example, attorneys attended 80% fewer depositions in the second half of March, contributing to an overall reduction in attorney fees of 6% to 7% for the month. By the end of April, however, attorneys had become more comfortable with virtual depositions, allowing them to attend 20% more depositions.

To read more about how depositions were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, read this article by Milliman’s Susan Forray, Chad Karls, and Joseph Mawhinney.

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