This is a very common question and with good reason. The common answer is that “it depends.” It depends on the type of law, type of claim, your location, the size of the firm, and the experience of the lawyer. More specifically, however, Lawyers.com reports the following hourly average rates:
The national average billing rate is $284 per hour
Firms with 2 to 8 lawyers have a national average billing rate of $262 per hour
Firms with 76 to 150 lawyers have a national average billing rate of $295 per hour
Firms with more than 150 lawyers have a national average billing rate of $333 per hour
By Region: Northeast ($319 per hour), West ($296 per hour), South ($276 per hour) and Midwest ($264 per hour)
This, of course, is the hourly billing rate. Expensive, we know. However, some lawyers will be more flexible than others with rates. If one lawyer is too expensive, ask that lawyer if there is someone they know who is cheaper. The chances are they know a young lawyer or a lawyer that needs more work who is willing to provide a discount.
In some situations, like personal injury, a contigency fee is often available. Also, lawyers that specialize in minor criminal cases or transactional work may offer flat-fee arrangements.
The best thing to do is to ask questions, learn more and shop around! Don’t go with the first quote that you hear! This is why we created our site. After you submit your claim, if lawyers are interested, we have a few contact you and compete over price.