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08-25-2011, 02:19 PM #1
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The Most Expensive Lawyers In The United StatesThe Most Expensive Lawyers In The United States
Lawyers are one of the most expensive professionals in term of hourly rate. Some of lawyers are charging hundreds of dollars for each hours of their works. But do you know whatís the most expensive lawyer in the United States? Surely Itís not Personal Injury Lawyers in Indianapolis. It is former U.S. Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti, a partner in the Venable law firm.
Ben is specializing in commercial litigation and internal investigations, and in 2005 became the first U.S. lawyer to charge $1000 an hour. He is also currently one of the three members of the Independent Review board. The IRB is the board that the Teamsters Union must answer to when allegations of corruption and mafia infiltration surface.
Civilettiís rate doesnít come close to making him one of the nationís highest-paid lawyers. Trial attorneys can win multibillion-dollar verdicts and earn fees that break down into more than $1,000 an hour, said Coffee. And a firm working on a merger may charge its client a percentage of a deal instead of billing by the hour. The lawyers who successfully sued tobacco companies in 1998, for example, raked in billions of dollars in fees.
Civiletti was educated at Johns Hopkins University, where he received a bachelorís degree in psychology in 1957, and at the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was awarded a Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 1961
Benjamin Civiletti in a Seminar (far left)