Current Rules

Rules of Professional Conduct

Rule 4-200 Fees for Legal Services

(A) A member shall not enter into an agreement for, charge, or collect an illegal or unconscionable fee.

(B) Unconscionability of a fee shall be determined on the basis of all the facts and circumstances existing at the time the agreement is entered into except where the parties contemplate that the fee will be affected by later events. Among the factors to be considered, where appropriate, in determining the conscionability of a fee are the following:

    (1) The amount of the fee in proportion to the value of the services performed.

    (2) The relative sophistication of the member and the client.

    (3) The novelty and difficulty of the questions involved and the skill requisite to perform the legal service properly.

    (4) The likelihood, if apparent to the client, that the acceptance of the particular employment will preclude other employment by the member.

    (5) The amount involved and the results obtained.

    (6) The time limitations imposed by the client or by the circumstances.

    (7) The nature and length of the professional relationship with the client.

    (8) The experience, reputation, and ability of the member or members performing the services.

    (9) Whether the fee is fixed or contingent.

    (10) The time and labor required.

    (11) The informed consent of the client to the fee.