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Since 1999, Ronald Burdge, a Dayton Ohio consumer attorney, has been producing and publishing the free U.S. Consumer Law Attorney Fee Survey Report, the only national survey of consumer law practitioners in the United States. Its methodologies have been independently peer reviewed and supported by the National Association of Legal Fee Analysis.
This 2017-2018 Survey is based on data provided by 1904 attorneys and 2740 paralegals from all fifty states and on data culled from all court cases reporting attorney fee decisions in the field of consumer law found on Lexis, Westlaw, and certain unreported state court decisions. The survey breaks down fee rates by state and metropolitan area. The survey has been used in more than fifty-five jurisdictions to determine reasonable attorney fee rates in awarding more than $33 million.
The current 598-page survey includes data from 2017 and 2018 and was produced in 2019. An updated survey is scheduled to be released in late 2023. The author has provided consumer law attorneys with updated interim survey reports on state and metropolitan areas upon request.