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.)

Useful Resources for Motion for Attorney's Fees

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Plaintiffs' Declaration of Richard M. Wirtz in Support of Plaintiffs' Re...

KNIGHT LAW GROUP, LLP Steve Mikhov (SBN 224676) 10250 Constellation Blvd, Suite 2500 Los Angeles, CA 90067 Telephone: (310) 552-2250 Fax: (323) 939-7973 WIRTZ LAW APC Richard M. Wirtz (SBN 137812) [email protected] Amy R.

Plaintiffs' Response to Evidentiary Objections to Declarations - Respons...

KNIGHT LAW GROUP, LLP Steve Mikhov (SBN 224676) 10250 Constellation Blvd, Suite 2500 Los Angeles, CA 90067 Telephone: (310) 552-2250 Fax: (323) 939-7973 WIRTZ LAW APC Richard M. Wirtz (SBN 137812) [email protected] Amy R.

Plaintiffs' Evidentiary Objections to the Declaration of Leon V. Roubini...

KNIGHT LAW GROUP, LLP Steve Mikhov (SBN 224676) 10250 Constellation Blvd, Suite 2500 Los Angeles, CA 90067 Telephone: (310) 552-2250 Fax: (323) 939-7973 WIRTZ LAW APC Richard M. Wirtz (SBN 137812) [email protected] Amy R.

Memorandum of Points & Authorities - Memorandum of Points and Authorities

David H. McCray (State Bar No. 169113) ([email protected]) Kaitlyn D. Shannon (State Bar No. 296735) ([email protected]) BEVERIDGE & DIAMOND, P.C. 456 Montgomery Street, Suite 1800 San Francisco, CA 94104 Telephone: (415) 262 4000 Facsimile: (415) 262 4040 Attorneys for Petitioner/Plaintiff

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMEN...

Co Om IN DH B® 10 ll 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 FIL Superior Court MAY 0.8 2020 CLERK OF THE COURT a Fn b Foe Jeputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT 303 LAURA S. LEHMAN, Case No. CGC-16-553758 Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR vs. PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND APPROVAL TRANSBAY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY, OF CLASS NOTICE etal, Defendant This document applies to: Maui Peaks Corporation, et al. v. Miss

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMEN...

Co Om IN DH B® 10 ll 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 FIL Superior Court MAY 0.8 2020 CLERK OF THE COURT a Fn b Foe Jeputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT 303 LAURA S. LEHMAN, Case No. CGC-16-553758 Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR vs. PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND APPROVAL TRANSBAY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY, OF CLASS NOTICE etal, Defendant This document applies to: Maui Peaks Corporation, et al. v. Miss

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMEN...

Co Om IN DH B® 10 ll 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 FIL Superior Court MAY 0.8 2020 CLERK OF THE COURT a Fn b Foe Jeputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT 303 LAURA S. LEHMAN, Case No. CGC-16-553758 Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR vs. PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND APPROVAL TRANSBAY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY, OF CLASS NOTICE etal, Defendant This document applies to: Maui Peaks Corporation, et al. v. Miss

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMEN...

Co Om IN DH B® 10 ll 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 FIL Superior Court MAY 0.8 2020 CLERK OF THE COURT a Fn b Foe Jeputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT 303 LAURA S. LEHMAN, Case No. CGC-16-553758 Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR vs. PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND APPROVAL TRANSBAY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY, OF CLASS NOTICE etal, Defendant This document applies to: Maui Peaks Corporation, et al. v. Miss

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMEN...

Co Om IN DH B® 10 ll 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 FIL Superior Court MAY 0.8 2020 CLERK OF THE COURT a Fn b Foe Jeputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT 303 LAURA S. LEHMAN, Case No. CGC-16-553758 Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR vs. PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND APPROVAL TRANSBAY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY, OF CLASS NOTICE etal, Defendant This document applies to: Maui Peaks Corporation, et al. v. Miss

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMEN...

Co Om IN DH B® 10 ll 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 FIL Superior Court MAY 0.8 2020 CLERK OF THE COURT a Fn b Foe Jeputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT 303 LAURA S. LEHMAN, Case No. CGC-16-553758 Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR vs. PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND APPROVAL TRANSBAY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY, OF CLASS NOTICE etal, Defendant This document applies to: Maui Peaks Corporation, et al. v. Miss

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMEN...

Co Om IN DH B® 10 ll 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 FIL Superior Court MAY 0.8 2020 CLERK OF THE COURT a Fn b Foe Jeputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT 303 LAURA S. LEHMAN, Case No. CGC-16-553758 Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR vs. PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND APPROVAL TRANSBAY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY, OF CLASS NOTICE etal, Defendant This document applies to: Maui Peaks Corporation, et al. v. Miss

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMEN...

Co Om IN DH B® 10 ll 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 FIL Superior Court MAY 0.8 2020 CLERK OF THE COURT a Fn b Foe Jeputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT 303 LAURA S. LEHMAN, Case No. CGC-16-553758 Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR vs. PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND APPROVAL TRANSBAY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY, OF CLASS NOTICE etal, Defendant This document applies to: Maui Peaks Corporation, et al. v. Miss

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMEN...

Co Om IN DH B® 10 ll 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 FIL Superior Court MAY 0.8 2020 CLERK OF THE COURT a Fn b Foe Jeputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT 303 LAURA S. LEHMAN, Case No. CGC-16-553758 Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR vs. PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND APPROVAL TRANSBAY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY, OF CLASS NOTICE etal, Defendant This document applies to: Maui Peaks Corporation, et al. v. Miss

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMEN...

Co Om IN DH B® 10 ll 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 FIL Superior Court MAY 0.8 2020 CLERK OF THE COURT a Fn b Foe Jeputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT 303 LAURA S. LEHMAN, Case No. CGC-16-553758 Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR vs. PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND APPROVAL TRANSBAY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY, OF CLASS NOTICE etal, Defendant This document applies to: Maui Peaks Corporation, et al. v. Miss

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMEN...

Co Om IN DH B® 10 ll 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 FIL Superior Court MAY 0.8 2020 CLERK OF THE COURT a Fn b Foe Jeputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT 303 LAURA S. LEHMAN, Case No. CGC-16-553758 Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR vs. PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND APPROVAL TRANSBAY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY, OF CLASS NOTICE etal, Defendant This document applies to: Maui Peaks Corporation, et al. v. Miss

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMEN...

Co Om IN DH B® 10 ll 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 FIL Superior Court MAY 0.8 2020 CLERK OF THE COURT a Fn b Foe Jeputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT 303 LAURA S. LEHMAN, Case No. CGC-16-553758 Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR vs. PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND APPROVAL TRANSBAY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY, OF CLASS NOTICE etal, Defendant This document applies to: Maui Peaks Corporation, et al. v. Miss

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMEN...

Co Om IN DH B® 10 ll 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 FIL Superior Court MAY 0.8 2020 CLERK OF THE COURT a Fn b Foe Jeputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT 303 LAURA S. LEHMAN, Case No. CGC-16-553758 Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR vs. PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND APPROVAL TRANSBAY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY, OF CLASS NOTICE etal, Defendant This document applies to: Maui Peaks Corporation, et al. v. Miss

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMEN...

Co Om IN DH B® 10 ll 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 FIL Superior Court MAY 0.8 2020 CLERK OF THE COURT a Fn b Foe Jeputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT 303 LAURA S. LEHMAN, Case No. CGC-16-553758 Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR vs. PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND APPROVAL TRANSBAY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY, OF CLASS NOTICE etal, Defendant This document applies to: Maui Peaks Corporation, et al. v. Miss

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMEN...

Co Om IN DH B® 10 ll 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 FIL Superior Court MAY 0.8 2020 CLERK OF THE COURT a Fn b Foe Jeputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT 303 LAURA S. LEHMAN, Case No. CGC-16-553758 Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR vs. PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND APPROVAL TRANSBAY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY, OF CLASS NOTICE etal, Defendant This document applies to: Maui Peaks Corporation, et al. v. Miss

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMEN...

Co Om IN DH B® 10 ll 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 FIL Superior Court MAY 0.8 2020 CLERK OF THE COURT a Fn b Foe Jeputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT 303 LAURA S. LEHMAN, Case No. CGC-16-553758 Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR vs. PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND APPROVAL TRANSBAY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY, OF CLASS NOTICE etal, Defendant This document applies to: Maui Peaks Corporation, et al. v. Miss

Opposition to Motion

MICHELLE R. BARRETT, Bar No. 197280 LITTLER MENDELSON, P.C. Telephone: 415.433.1940 SUPER STORE INDUSTRIES SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF STANISLAUS JOHN HANCE, JOSEPH RIBEIRO, and themselves and all others similarl

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMEN...

Co Om IN DH B® 10 ll 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 FIL Superior Court MAY 0.8 2020 CLERK OF THE COURT a Fn b Foe Jeputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT 303 LAURA S. LEHMAN, Case No. CGC-16-553758 Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR vs. PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND APPROVAL TRANSBAY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY, OF CLASS NOTICE etal, Defendant This document applies to: Maui Peaks Corporation, et al. v. Miss

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMEN...

Co Om IN DH B® 10 ll 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 FIL Superior Court MAY 0.8 2020 CLERK OF THE COURT a Fn b Foe Jeputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT 303 LAURA S. LEHMAN, Case No. CGC-16-553758 Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR vs. PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND APPROVAL TRANSBAY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY, OF CLASS NOTICE etal, Defendant This document applies to: Maui Peaks Corporation, et al. v. Miss

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMEN...

Co Om IN DH B® 10 ll 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 FIL Superior Court MAY 0.8 2020 CLERK OF THE COURT a Fn b Foe Jeputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT 303 LAURA S. LEHMAN, Case No. CGC-16-553758 Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR vs. PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND APPROVAL TRANSBAY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY, OF CLASS NOTICE etal, Defendant This document applies to: Maui Peaks Corporation, et al. v. Miss

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