Our firm is focused on representing clients with personal injury claims. Many of our clients that we have represented were referred to us by other lawyers. Often a client will consult a lawyer who they know from past representation, or as a neighbor, friend, or through church. If that trusted lawyer does not primarily handle serious personal injury cases, that lawyer may refer the client to our firm for joint representation. The referring lawyer stays involved, and can help keep the client informed. The client gets the advantage of having a local lawyer who they know, and the resources and experience of an established personal injury firm.
The client never pays additional fees for the referring attorney’s involvement. We divide fees with the referring attorney, and the client gets two law firms for the same fee. We appreciate the involvement of the referring attorney, because they usually have an existing relationship with the client, and often have local connections which can be valuable in preparing and presenting a case.
We are very proud of the fact that so many lawyers have trusted us to handle their major injury cases. A referral is our greatest honor our firm receives—greater than any award or other recognition. If you are a lawyer, and have a client with a personal injury case you are interested in referring to us, we welcome the opportunity to help. In fact, about one third of our cases come from referring attorneys. Our law firm has great success in large part due to the trust placed in us by other attorneys. Our firm has the skills and experience to maximize the value of your client’s personal injury case. A quick look at our past results proves that we are more than capable of seeing a case all the way through trial and verdict. Additionally, in Texas, we have the resources available to advance reasonable and necessary living expenses to your client, and the case expenses necessary to develop the case. We can be part of a strong team and help your client go the distance.
Fee Sharing Fees Rules
Referral fees are still allowed in Texas and in New Mexico. Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct 1.04(f) requires that the contract provides for the division of the fees, that the division of fees be disclosed to the client and agreed upon in writing, and that the lawyers assume “joint responsibility” for the case. Joint responsibility requires the referring attorney to 1) choose a competent handling attorney, 2) monitor the legal work, 3) inform the client about “those matters that a reasonable lawyer would believe the client should be aware of,” 4) assist the handling attorney when necessary. See Comment 13 to The Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct 1.04(f).
Past Referral Fees Paid
Our firm in the last few years has handled a large number of oilfield accidents, truck wrecks including numerous fatalities, and industrial accidents involving third-party claims and non-subscriber claims in Texas and New Mexico, with referring attorneys. In addition to Texas and New Mexico, we have attorneys licensed in Colorado and Oklahoma.
The following are some real examples of fees that our firm has paid referring attorneys in the last three years:
|Case Type & Injury||Settlements||Referral Fees|
|Gas Pipeline Explosion, Burn Injuries||$7.5 Million||$833,333|
|Oilfield Truck Wreck, Multiple Fractures & Orthopedic Injuries||$6.25 Million||$694,444|
|Oilfield Explosion, Burn Injury||$5.2 Million||$624,000|
|Train Crossing, Brain Injury||$4.92 Million||$547,223|
|Commercial Vehicle Wreck, Wrongful Death||$3.5 Million||$466,666|
|Commercial Vehicle Wreck, Wrongful Death & Orthopedic Injuries||$2.875 Million||$364,199|
|Oilfield Explosion, Wrongful Death||$1.38 Million||$150,392|
We would really enjoy the chance to work with you and your clients. If you have a case you want to discuss, you can reach us at 888-970-1338 or by web form below. We aggressively prosecute our cases and have tremendous resources to bring to bear with ten attorneys, five offices and a staff of 30. We have great working relationships with a variety of expert witnesses and are willing to invest the effort and the money to maximize the value of your client’s claim.