contingency fee


: a fee for services (as of a lawyer) paid upon successful completion of the services and usually calculated as a percentage of the gain realized for the client

called also contingent fee

Examples of contingency fee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rise of contingency fee cases kicked off a new wave of lobbying across the nation. Shalina Chatlani, New York Times, 21 Mar. 2024 Instead of paying off Teresa McAdams’ Medicare lien and placing the rest of the settlement funds in a trust account to finance the couple’s litigation against Allstate Corp., Adams wrote checks to himself and his law firm amounting to more than he was owed for his contingency fee. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 20 Feb. 2024 While the attorney general has occupied the field as plaintiff, private attorneys contracted by the office will be leading the pension lawsuit going forward on a contingency fee basis, with the potential to be paid with a considerable portion of funds recovered by the state. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, 15 June 2021 They are often paid on a contingency fee basis. Jon D'amato, Forbes, 11 June 2021 Those conclusions came in a 2014 ruling by U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan that also ordered Mr. Donziger to relinquish his 6.3% contingency fee interest in the case to Chevron and forbade him from profiting from the Ecuador judgment or trying to enforce it in the U.S. Rebecca Davis O’Brien, WSJ, 10 May 2021 The contingency fee structure is the only way many people can afford access to legal representation for accident. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 25 Dec. 2022 The contract called for $70,710 — with a 10 % contingency fee — for which the firm will create a general vision and suggest public improvements. Hank Beckman, Chicago Tribune, 30 Aug. 2022 The firms get their usual contingency fee, and NAAG gets a cut. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 26 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of contingency fee was in 1905

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Cite this Entry

“Contingency fee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Legal Definition

contingency fee

see fee sense 2

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