Monday, April 28, 2008
Different Fees for Different Clients?
An expert witness recently emailed me this question: "Does it affect an expert's credibility to use different fee schedules with different clients?"
My immediate response was that all information is discoverable these days - anything you make public on the Internet, print and mail out (even to individuals), say, do, etc., - can and will be 'cussed and discussed' as my mother says, and used against you. I can't imagine a good answer when asked about it in deposition or court by opposing counsel.
What makes this particular question even more dangerous is that the expert was charging plaintiff attorneys at a different rate from defense attorneys. I actually cringed when I read his email.
Am I way off-base? Do you think this expert could be unwittingly inviting trouble or am I over-reacting?