Fee Splitting And Referral Fees

A large portion of the business we do at the Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC, comes to us as referrals from other attorneys.

While some of the referrals from attorneys are due to their law firms not working in personal injury representation or civil litigation, we sometimes receive referrals from attorneys who do not have the resources to handle extremely complex civil cases.

Many of our referrals are also from out-of-state attorneys who do not regularly practice law in the state of Maryland.

Maintaining A Positive Relationship With Referring Attorneys

The Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC, does everything in its power to earn the trust of referring attorneys and our clients.

The fee-splitting relationship we have had with other attorneys has proved extremely positive. While there are no guarantees regarding the ultimate results concerning any civil case, we do zealously advocate for all of our clients and will strive for the best possible outcome.

Our attorneys have provided personal injury and civil case representation for 37 years. We have a reputation for success, having secured tens of millions of dollars in compensation for our clientele.

We received the 2014 Top Litigator Awards in recognition of the million-dollar cases we have won. Most importantly, we cater to the needs of our clients and provide them with the most ethical of representation. We pay specific attention to details, and take great care to never jeopardize a case.

How Our Fee-Splitting Arrangement Works

Any fee-splitting arrangement that the Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC, engages in will remain consistent with the Maryland Lawyer’s Rules of Professional Conduct.

Specifically, this includes Rule 1.5. We hold to this arrangement in the event it is a personal injury case tried on a contingency basis, or other civil case with a different sort of billing scheme. Should any dispute arise regarding the fee arrangement, this will also be resolved according to Rule 1.5.

It is important to understand that fee-splitting is not the same as a referral fee. Rule 1.5 prohibits receipt of a fee for simple referral of a case to another firm. In addition, the referring attorney in a fee-splitting arrangement must be designated as co-counsel. This means that the referring attorney is jointly responsible for the case, even when not actually participating in trying the case. For this reason, we make ourselves available to referring attorneys at all times, and we continually keep these attorneys informed regarding the status of the case.

To discuss a fee-splitting arrangement, please contact James Farmer about your specific case.

Contact Our Firm To Learn More About Our Fee-Splitting Arrangements

While the Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC, has offices in Waldorf and Upper Marlboro, we provide representation throughout the entire state of Maryland.

For attorneys wishing to speak to us about referrals and our fee-splitting arrangements, please contact our firm online, or call 301-965-0630.