Adequacy and Availability of Staff
The firm does not handle a high volume of cases, unlike many law firms. The firm does not solicit high volume clients such as insurance carriers or personal injury plaintiffs. Rather, the firm’s policy and practice is to allocate each attorney a limited number of significant cases pertaining to the fields of: business, oil & gas, environmental, real property, construction, and eminent domain, among others. Generally, about 70 – 75% of the firm’s workload consists of litigation. By focusing its attention on a smaller, more significant caseload, the firm has created a philosophy of individualized and responsive service.
Experience and Qualifications
The firm has a historical commitment to oil & gas law, having represented many persons and companies involved in that industry. The firm’s experience includes: environmental matters pertaining to oil & gas operations, such as private cost recovery actions; major litigation involving cogeneration facilities and operations; energy and utility litigation relating to transportation and supply of natural gas; and sale and lease and other transactions relating to producing properties.
The firm has represented various oil producers, geologists, petroleum engineers, independent oil companies, and mineral interest owners over the years.
William Alexander has also taught an upper division Environmental Law course to university students. Environmental damages and claims (including federal claims under CERCLA and RCRA, and state claims) were the focus of significant attention.
Willingness to Consider Contingent and Other Fee Options.
The firm is willing to consider attorneys’ fees alternatives such as: 1) traditional hourly rates, with a discount depending on the number of billable hours expected; 2) a mixed hourly and contingent arrangement whereby the firm would be paid an hourly rate of a portion of its normal hourly rates and would receive a contingent interest in any recovery; or 3) a tiered contingent fee whereby the firm would receive a percentage of any recovery before the filing of a lawsuit, an increased percentage after the filing of the lawsuit, and an increased percentage after commencement of trial. In either of the two latter cases, the client would be responsible for advancing and paying for costs and expenses. The firm is also willing to consider other alternatives and arrangements, or variations of the above.