One of the foundations of Burg Simpson’s success has been our collaboration and referral arrangements with other attorneys. It’s always been a top priority at Burg Simpson attorney at law to develop co-counsel relationships with other law firms of all types and in all 50 states.
There are any number of reasons to co-counsel with another law firm. It could be that the other firm is able to practice in a state that you’re not. It could also be that your firm is more experienced in a particular area of law than your potential partner. These arrangements can benefit both firms and, more importantly, better serve the client.
DOs AND DONTs OF CO-COUNSEL AGREEMENTS
Whether you decide to co-counsel with Burg Simpson or not, there are a few steps you need to take before entering into any collaboration agreements:
- Do your homework. Before signing onto work with any other law firm, find out more about your potential partner. Look at their track record of success, interview the partners, and you might even look into running a background check on the firm. When you enter into a co-counsel agreement, you’re not only sharing resources and revenue, but you’re sharing your reputation. It’s also prudent to confirm that your potential co-counsel is adequately insured.
- Get the agreement in writing. Before agreeing to anything, get it all in writing in the form of a formal co-counsel contract. The documentation should include details such as: how the workload will be divided, a mechanism for dispute resolution, how revenue will be shared, who will handling the billing and expenses, etc. Working through this formal agreement should reveal how the relationship will function moving forward. Finally, include a provision for who would retain the client if the co-counsel relationship is terminated.
- Don’t forget to agree on a timeline. It’s imperative you establish a clear roadmap of various deadlines and how the responsibility for those deadlines will be apportioned. A missed deadline will reflect poorly on both parties in addition to potentially jeopardizing the case for the client.
CO-COUNSEL AGREEMENTS CAN HELP YOUR BOTTOM LINE
To date, we’ve paid more than $50 million in co-counsel fees to other attorneys. We’ve helped them generate revenue from cases beyond their traditional areas of practice. We’ve added money to their bottom lines. We can do the same for you. This is what we bring to any potential co-counsel agreement:
- More than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements.
- More than $50 million in co-counsel fees.
- Ranked No. 1 Product Liability Law Firm in Martindale-Hubbell.
- A team of more than 80 experienced attorneys.
- Multiple federal court appointments.
- In-house medical staff.
- Nationwide representation.
NATIONAL LEADERS IN PHARMACEUTICAL MASS TORTS
Mass tort litigation is a complex area of law and can be a cost prohibitive venture for many firms. Burg Simpson’s mass tort team of attorneys have represented thousands of plaintiffs who’ve suffered serious injury from defective products or endured side effects from prescription medicines. Our team of Colorado mass tort lawyers, paralegals, and nurses can pursue these types of high-profile cases, which usually involve large corporations. Co-counseling your next drug or medical device injury case with Burg Simpson will allow you to overcome some of those hurdles and generate revenue from the cases you might otherwise have to turn away.
We’re convinced that our knowledge, expertise, and vast internal resources are able to provide our clients and business partners an advantage that is unmatched.
Co-counsel opportunities exist for:
- Catastrophic Personal Injury and Death.
- Mass Torts and Product Liability.
- Medical Malpractice.
- Birth Injuries.
- Explosions and Fires.
- Colorado Workers’ Compensation.
- Commercial Disputes.
For more information about co-counsel arrangements or to discuss the details of a particular case, please email Kerry N. Jardine or call 1-888-895-2080.