What is a Motion for Attorney's Fees?

In general, “California follows the ‘American rule,’ under which each party to a lawsuit ordinarily must pay his or her own attorney fees.” “Except as attorney’s fees are specifically provided for by statute, the measure and mode of compensation of attorneys and counselors at law is left to the agreement, express or implied, of the parties....” (Code of Civ. Proc., § 1021.)

The Code of Civil Procedure, section 685.040 provides that attorney fees incurred in enforcing a judgment are recoverable as costs if the underlying judgment included an award of attorney fees to the judgment creditor. The Enforcement of Judgments Law (EJL) entitles judgment creditors to reasonable and necessary attorneys’ fees for enforcement efforts if provided by law. (Code of Civ. Proc., § 685.040.)

Where attorneys fees are permitted by statute as part of an underlying judgment and the statute does not limit the award of fees to those incurred prior to the judgment, post-judgment fees are provided by law. (Berti v. Santa Barbara Beach Properties (2006) 145 Cal.App.4th 70, 77.)

The Court’s Decision

The “black letter law” is that the major factors to be considered by a trial court in fixing reasonable attorney fees include the nature of the litigation and its difficulty; the amount involved; the skill required and the skill employed in handling the litigation; the attention given; the success of the attorney's efforts and his or her learning, age, and experience in the particular type of work demanded; the intricacies and importance of the litigation; the labor and the necessity for skilled legal training and ability in trying the cause; and the time consumed. When the trial court is informed of the extent and nature of the services rendered, it may rely on its own experience and knowledge in determining their reasonable value. Moreover, the exercise of sound discretion by the trial court in the matter of attorney fees includes also judicial evaluation of whether counsel's skill and effort were wisely devoted to the expeditious disposition of the case.

Attorney’s fees are affected by rules covering many types of claims. (e.g., Code of Civ. Proc., § 425.16(c) (“a prevailing defendant on [an anti-SLAPP motion] shall be entitled to recover his or her attorney's fees and costs.”); Code of Civ Proc., § 1717 (attorney’s fees on any action on a contract); Ketchum v. Moses (2001) 24 Cal.4th 1122, 1141 (in FEHA matters, “fees recoverable... ordinarily include compensation for all hours reasonably spent....”).)

The requirements vary by rule and must be looked into.

For example in anti-SLAPP matters the trial court is not constrained by the amount sought by the successful moving parties, but is obligated to award “reasonable attorney fees under section 425.16 [that] adequately compensate[] them for the expense of responding to a baseless lawsuit.” (Robertson v. Rodriguez (1995) 36 Cal.App.4th 347, 361-362; see also Dove Audio, Inc. v. Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman (1996) 47 Cal.App.4th 777, 785.) The fees awarded should include services for all proceedings, including discovery initiated by the opposing party directly related to the special motion to strike. (Tuchscher Development Enterprises, Inc. v. San Diego Unified Port Dist. (2003) 106 Cal.App.4th 1219, 1248.)

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*Motion

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF YOLO CIVIL LAW AND MOTION MINUTE ORDER HON: DANIEL M WOLK CASE NO: CV-2020-33 DATE: 11/24/2020 TIME: 9:00 AM TITLE: WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. VS, VELASCO PROCEEDINGS: *MOTION for Attorneys Fees CLERK: APPEARANCES -vid.200W% 10 Plaintiff Present NEXT SCHEDULED APPEARANCE 1 ODate Time, REPORTER: ig Tentative ruling adopted; see attached WARRANT ORDERS 1 O Debtor failed to appear; Warrant of Body Attachment ordered; Bail set

Memorandum of Points & Authorities - Memorandum of Points and Authorities

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Memorandum Points & Authorities -

RIC EPPSON (STATE AR 212287 NNABEL (STATE AR 67261 11/02/2020 EPPSON RIFFIN 1478 Stone Point Drive, Suite 100 Roseville, CA 95661 Telephone: (916) 780 Facsimile: (916) 780 Attorney for Defendant BETSEY ALESSI

Notice Entry of Order -

CIV-130 ATTORNEYOR PARTYWITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address): FOR COURTUSE ONLY t- Chad M. Lew

Reply filed - Reply Brief in support of Fee Motion

THE BARRY LAW FIRM DAVID N. BARRY, ESQ. (SBN 219230) 11845 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 1270 Los Angeles, CA 90064 Telephone: 310.684.5859 Facsimile: 310.862.4539 Attorneys for Plaintiff, MIGUEL DE LA TORRE SUPERIOR COURT O

Objection to Decl of Roybal - Objection filed

THE BARRY LAW FIRM DAVID N. BARRY, ESQ. (SBN 219230) 11845 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 1270 Los Angeles, CA 90064 Telephone: 310.684.5859 Facsimile: 310.862.4539 Attorneys for Plaintiff, MIGUEL DE LA TORRE SUPERIOR COURT O

Reply filed - Brief ISO Motion for Attorney's Fees and Costs Pursuant to...

THE BARRY LAW FIRM DAVID N. BARRY, ESQ. (SBN 219230) 11845 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 1270 Los Angeles, CA 90064 Telephone: 310.684.5859 Facsimile: 310.862.4539 Attorneys for Plaintiff, MIGUEL DE LA TORRE SUPERIOR COURT O

Objection to Decl of Roybal - Objection filed

THE BARRY LAW FIRM DAVID N. BARRY, ESQ. (SBN 219230) 11845 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 1270 Los Angeles, CA 90064 Telephone: 310.684.5859 Facsimile: 310.862.4539 Attorneys for Plaintiff, MIGUEL DE LA TORRE SUPERIOR COURT O

Proposed Order - Order Received for Signature

DIVISION OF LABOR STANDARDS ENFORCEMENT Department of Industrial Relations State of California By: Scott L. Jones, SBN 250974 Patrick C. McManaman, SBN 254821 770 E. Shaw Avenue, Suite 222 Fresno, California 93710 Tel. (559244-5348 Attorney for the Labor Commissioner present

Complaint - Case Management Conference

uw as CoD MN A 12 a3 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 F Superior Court of California F E.S. DEACON, ESQ., SBN 127638 County of Butte WILCOXEN CALLAHAM, LLP | | 2114 K Street L L Sacramento, CA 95816 E E Telephone: (916) 442-2777 D D Facsimile: (916) 442-4118 By Deputy Electronically FILED Attorneys for Plaintiff SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF BUTTE CAMPUS COMMONS EAST RANCH Case No. HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, COMPLAINT FOR PROFESSIONAL

Petitioners' Combined Reply Brief to Oppositions to Motion to Set Aside ...

10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 JAMES J. BANKS (SBN 119525) W. DAVID CORRICK (SBN 171827) BANKS & WATSON 901 F Street, Suite 200 Sacramento, CA 95814-0733 Tel: (916) 325-1000 Fax: (916) 325-1004 Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected] PATRICIA A. SAVAGE (SBN 236235) LAW OFFICES OF PATRICIA A. SAVAGE 1550 Humboldt Road, Suite 4 Chico, CA 95928 Tel: (530) 809-1851 Fax: (530) 592-3865 Email: [email protected] Attorneys for Petitioners, OMA

Order -

CHAD M. LEW, SBN: 199723. McCormick, Kabot, Jenner & Lew FILE dD i { Californt A Professional Corporation Superior Cour Placer.

Reply to Defendant's Opposition to Motion - Motion hearings - Predispo

ALLISON E. BURNS, State Bar No. 198231 Exempt from filing fee DAVID C. PALMER, State Bar No. 251609 Government Code § 6103 JENNIFER R. TOGHIAN, State Bar No. 305668 STRADLING YOCCA CARLSON & RAUTH A Professional Corporation 660 Newport Cente

Ruling 09/28/2020 - Ruling

Superior Court of California County of Kern Bakersfield Department 11 Date: 09/28/2020 BCV-18-102299 MAYFAIRE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, A NONPROFIT MUTUAL BENEFIT CORPORATION VS

Reply to Defendant's Opposition to Motion - Reply

ALLISON E. BURNS, State Bar No. 198231 Exempt from filing fee DAVID C. PALMER, State Bar No. 251609 Government Code § 6103 JENNIFER R. TOGHIAN, State Bar No. 305668 STRADLING YOCCA CARLSON & RAUTH A Professional Corporation 660 Newport Cente

Proposed Order - Order Received for Signature

EMMA LAW, PC LEONARD EMMA (SBN 224483) [email protected] AARON LANGENBACH(SBN [email protected] 1999 Harrison Street, 18th Floor Oakland, CA 94612 Tel: (415) 362-1111Fax: (415) 362-1112 KINGSLEY & KINGSLEY, APC ERIC B. KINGSLEY, Esq., Cal. Bar No. 185123 [email protected]

F Paul Sajben's Memorandum of Costs Summary - Motion hearings - Predispo

ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY STATE BAR NUMBER: ; 278231 FOR COURT USE ONLY NAME:Daniel L. Egan; Bianca S. Samuel FIRM NAME: WILKE FLEURY LLP STREET ADDRESS: 400 Capitol Mall, Twenty Second Floor CITY: Sacramento STATE: ZIP CODE: TELEPHONE NO.: FAX NO.: 442 [email protected] E-

F Paul Sajben's Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Motio...

WILKE FLEURY DANIEL L. EGAN (SBN 142631) [email protected] DANIEL J. FOSTER (SBN 238012) [email protected] BIANCA S. SAMUEL (SBN 278231) [email protected] 400 Capitol Mall, Twenty Second Floor Sacramento, California 95814 Telephone:

Order Ruling on Submitted Matter -

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Notice Entry of Order -

CIV ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address) FOR COURT USE ONLY Michael B. Brown (SBN 179222) / Nicholas D. Karkazis (SBN 299075) Stoel Rives LLP 500 Capitol Mall, Ste. 1600 Sacramento, CA 95814 TELEPHONE NO.:

DECLARATION OF GLEN BROEMER IN OPPOSITION TO HIGGINBOTHAM 425.16 MOTION ...

1 Glen Broemer, SBN 165457 9236 Bloomington Avenue Bloomington MN 55425 2 805-663-2654 3 [email protected] Attorney for Sally Liu 4 5 SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO 6 7

DECLARATION OF GLEN BROEMERIN OPPOSITION TO JUDKINS 425.16 MOTION (TRANS...

1 Glen Broemer, SBN 165457 9236 Bloomington Avenue Bloomington MN 55425 2 805-663-2654 3 [email protected] Attorney for Sally Liu 4 5 SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO 6 7

101 MOTION* - *Motion

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF YOLO CIVIL LAW AND MOTION MINUTE ORDER HON; HONORABLE SAMUEL T. MCADAM CASE NO: CV-2019-2784 TITLE: PRIDMORE VS. YADAV PROGEEDINGS: *MOTION for Attorneys Fees CLERK: Weest er APPEARANCES - “/ Zoorw~- 10Plaintiff Present Ost 2elwray Attys: _ Fl 30Defendant Present Osi 4 AWIBy Attys: Ap Hey DATE: 08/13/2020 TIME: 9:00 AM REPORTER: 190) Tentative ruling adopted; see attached WARRANT ORDERS 1 1 Debtor failed to appear; Warrant of Body

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