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Attorney Referrals & Co-Counsel Information

The vast majority of our cases come as referrals from other attorneys who have associated with us when presented with a case outside of their practice area or that calls for additional expertise and resources.   Our referral process is straight forward, complies with all applicable ethical rules, keeps you informed, and results in prompt payment at the conclusion of the case.

We handle a wide variety of civil cases involving catastrophic personal injuries, wrongful death, business torts, and class actions.  We prefer to join as co-counsel in a case as early as possible — many times, we are called about a case before the potential client has even executed a fee agreement contract.  We can help meet with the client, explain our qualifications, and jointly sign the fee agreement contract with you.  In other cases, we step in at the last second to help with case defining moments, including drafting and arguing dispositive motions, presenting the case to a jury, or handling any post-judgment appeals.

Although we are interested in reviewing any civil matter with substantial value, we are primarily focused on the following:

What to Expect When You Refer a Case to the Wetherington Law Firm

Ethical Considerations

The ethical rules of most states, allow for lawyers in different firms to share contingent fees in a personal injury case as long as each lawyer is jointly responsible for the matter, and the client agrees to the division of fees.

Georgia Ethical Rule 1.5 states:

(e) A division of a fee between lawyers who are not in the same firm may be made only if:

  1. The division is in proportion to the services performed by each lawyer or, by written agreement with the client, each lawyer assumes joint responsibility for the representation;
  2. client is advised of the share that each lawyer is to receive and does not object to the participation of all the lawyers involved; and
  3. total fee is reasonable.

Based on these ethical rules, not only can a lawyer who practices primarily personal injury law share in fees generated from a personal injury claim as co-counsel with another lawyer in a different firm, but also lawyers who practice in the area of defense work, family law, criminal law, real estate, or any other specialty may jointly represent a personal injury claimant and share in the contingency fees generated by the matter. The percentage of the fee payable to co-counsel does not have to be in proportion to the amount of work performed in litigating the case. In other words, a lawyer can receive a substantial fee in a case without having his or her name on the pleadings or performing any of the “litigation” work. Normally, the only role our co-counsel has in the case is maintaining the relationship with the client. However, we recognize the importance of this role and understand that the division of fees between co-counsel should reflect the value of this service.