The Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O’Cathain & O’Cathain, LLC personal injury and medical malpractice team has received referrals from other attorneys for many years. We have paid out millions of dollars to attorneys who refer medical malpractice and personal injury cases to us.
What Do The Rules Allow?
The New Jersey Rules of Court only permit certain attorneys to pay referral fees for personal injury and medical malpractice cases to other attorneys. Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O’Cathain & O’Cathain, LLC is permitted to pay referral fees because partners Walter A. Lesnevich, Esq. and Domhnall O’Cathain, Esq. are Board Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as civil trial attorneys. The referral fee can be paid whether or not the referring attorney does any work on the file.
If you are looking to refer the case to a New Jersey law firm that does not have a certified civil trial attorney, you can only be paid for the services you performed on the case or with the written agreement of the client. In that situation, both lawyers carry joint responsibility to the client
What is the Legal Fee in New Jersey Injury Cases?
The New Jersey Rules of Court set the limit of what an attorney can charge in a personal injury case and medical malpractice case done on a contingency.
33⅓ % of the first $750,000 net recovery
30 % of the next $750,000 net recovery
25% of the next $750,000 net recovery
20% of the next $750,000 net recovery
Fees on net recoveries exceeding $3,000,000 will be determined by the court
If the client is a minor and/or incapacitated at the time of the retainer, the legal fee is limited to 25% unless the case goes to trial. If the case goes to trial, the fee goes back to the regular fee.
Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O’Cathain & O’Cathain, LLC receives referrals and refers cases to attorneys in many states. Because our Hackensack office is located close to New York, we receive a large number of our referrals from New York attorneys. We also have represented clients from other countries who were injured while visiting the USA and paid a referral fee to the lawyer in the home country who referred the case.
New Jersey Lawyers
New Jersey lawyers are a constant source of referrals for us. They include lawyers from different practice areas, other personal injury lawyers who have a conflict of interest in representing the client, personal injury lawyers who do not want to bring a case to a jury trial, lawyers who do not normally practice in federal court, and lawyers from southern New Jersey.
The Case got Too Big
Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O’Cathain & O’Cathain, LLC is available to evaluate a personal injury or medical malpractice case if the attorney is concerned that the case is getting too big. We have stepped in to take over cases where the attorney was not experienced enough to litigate the case. We have stepped in to take over cases where the attorney was not experienced enough to bring the case to trial. We know that the original attorney has put extensive time and money into the case. Our aim is to maximize the result.
Can Anybody Else Get a Referral Fee?
Non-lawyers are not permitted to get a referral fee. However, a certified civil trial lawyer in New Jersey can pay a referral fee to the estate of a referring attorney if the referral lawyers passes away before the referral fee is paid.