Attorney Fee Expert - Trial Testimony and Expert Fee Declarations

Attorney Fee Expert - Trial Testimony and Expert Fee Declarations

Grant Stiefel, Esq.

Los Angeles, CA

About the Expert

Grant Stiefel, Esq., is an experienced legal fee expert who has testified at trial, deposition, and via declaration in courts nationwide. As one of the few full-time fee experts in the nation, he provides clients with persuasive, cost-effective testimony and analysis in connection with attorney fee motions, oppositions and other disputes.

Areas of Expertise

  • Legal Auditing
  • Legal Fees & Ethics

Expert's Profile

GRANT STIEFEL, ESQ.

* Grant Stiefel, Esq. is a nationally-recognized, full time attorney fee consultant, testifying expert and the principal of Litigation Limited, a boutique legal fee consulting firm

* Mr. Stiefel has testified in over 45 lawsuits, including matters in federal district courts, California trial courts, JAMS/AAA arbitrations, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, State Bar courts, and attorney-client fee arbitrations

* He has qualified to testify and has testified live at trials and arbitrations as a designated attorney fee expert

* Mr. Stiefel’s methodology for reviewing, auditing and evaluating legal invoices has been cited, approved and adopted by California state and federal courts. Courthouse News Svc. v. Planet, Case No. CV 11-08083 SJO (C.D. Cal. 2016); MMM Holdings v. Reich, Case No. 30-2015-00822123-CU-BT-CJC (Cal. Sup. Ct. 2018)

* He has been retained as a testifying attorney fee expert by the world’s largest law firms, including Reed Smith, McDermott Will and Emery, Jones Day, Sheppard Mullin, Sidely Austin, Dykema Gossett, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, and Littler Mendelson, among many others

* Mr. Stiefel is a member of the California State Bar and is unique among fee experts in that he practiced law for many years at two of the world’s largest law firms (Akin Gump and K&L Gates)

*Mr. Stiefel has managed a multi-billion dollar litigation portfolio and has audited hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees from law firms nationwide since 2008

* He has developed and implemented outside counsel billing and case management guidelines for Fortune 500 corporations

* He is a California State Bar-approved continuing legal education instructor on attorneys’ fees who has trained hundreds of executives and in-house counsel from a host of Fortune 500 corporations
Mr. Stiefel is qualified as an attorney-client fee dispute arbitrator with the California State Bar’s Mandatory Fee Arbitration program and as a judge pro tem with the California Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles

Personal Achievements

Education

  • University of Southern California School of Law Juris Doctor (2000)
  • University of Southern California Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Linguistics (1994)

Licenses

  • California State Bar
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

Organizations

  • National Association of Legal Fee Analysts
  • The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Prior assignments

  • FEE-SEEKING EXPERT: Grant Stiefel was the testifying fee expert on a series of fee applications by class counsel in Jones v. Wells Fargo, on behalf of aggrieved California consumers in the first consumer class action brought under the Unruh Act. Relying upon Mr. Stiefel`s testimony regarding the reasonableness of hourly rates and overall work performed, the trial court awarded more than $25 million in attorneys fees to class counsel
  • FEE-OPPOSING EXPERT: The district court for the Central District of California adopted and approved Mr. Stiefel`s methodology for identifying and quantifying block-billed, vague and redacted billing entries in cutting Plaintiff`s fee request by more than sixty percent in CNS v. Planet, from $4.8 million to $1.9 million
  • FEE-OPPOSING EXPERT: In Vides v. ABM Janitorial Services, the trial court reduced the fee request in a FEHA action by over $1 million based upon Grant Stiefel`s expert testimony. Plaintiff moved for an award of $1,578,232.50 in fees, which the trial court reduced to $544,183.12. Mr. Stiefel`s testimony showed that the hourly rates claimed by Plaintiff`s counsel were unreasonable under the circumstances, that excessive time was spent on inter-office communications, and that the matter was overstaffed

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