Rates, Retainers and Additional Information Flexible Fee Arrangements That Make Business Sense Law firms all over the country are now offering so-called “alternative billing” arrangements such as flat fees. Some, in fact, only offer flat fees, although we think that's too limited an approach. Hourly fees still have their place, if only because some clients prefer them to the alternatives. And hourly fees are cost-effective in many situations. The truth is, though, that in litigation, hourly fees can get very high very quickly. Sometimes that can't be helped, but better alternatives often are available. In addition to hourly fees, we have utilized contingency fees (no recovery – no fee), flat fees, reduced flat fees coupled with a contingency, reduced hourly fees coupled with a contingency --- the possibilities are endless. The key is to work together to find the best fee arrangement for a particular case.