and based on current rates, he had submitted a bill in the amount of $ 240 per hour for services rendered and that he had approved a bill for Mr. Stephen Routh, who graduated from the Harvard Law School magna cum laude in 1983 and since 1991, a partner in Hogan & Hartson, at the reduced rate of $ 195 a hour. The bill of Mr. Stephen Hollman, a 1983 graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, was approved by Mr. Keeney for a rate of $ 185 an hour.
Mr. Keeney qualifies as an expert in determining fees in civil rights litigation cases. In the case of Cheryl Feeling, et al. v. Sharon Pratt Kelly, et al., Civil Action No. 82-2994, in this Court, an affidavit by him as to the value of counsel's time revealed the following conclusions. Mr. Cunningham had approximately twenty years' experience in 1992 and Mr. Berlow, who had approximately sixteen years' experience, were rated at $ 295 per hour and $ 250 per hour, respectively. His affidavit also reflected that Hogan & Hartson would bill $ 300 for Mr. Cunningham and $ 275 per hour for Mr. Berlow for services rendered in 1993. The Court's records further indicate that Mr. Cunningham is the managing attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services and Mr. Berlow is a solo practitioner.
In support of Mr. Barrett's fee application, the Declaration of Stephen J. Pollack has been submitted. Mr. Pollack's experience includes service as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, 1967-69, as well as service as Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, 1961-64. Mr. Pollack's declaration reveals that he had frequent contact with Mr. Barrett concerning the work of the Civil Rights Division in which Mr. Barrett was serving. Mr. Barrett's time was devoted primarily to precedent-setting cases
in the Civil Rights Division and supervising other lawyers in such cases. As Chair of Shea & Gardner's Executive Committee, since 1993 Mr. Pollack has supervised the firm's billing practices and is familiar with billing rates for attorneys of various experience levels similar to the case sub judice. By reason of Mr. Pollack's experience with Shea & Gardner and his general familiarity with the level of fees charged by attorneys experienced in civil rights litigation and his past association with Mr. Barrett and his knowledge of Mr. Barrett's litigating skills, he states that Mr. Barrett is qualified by reason of his years of experience and legal knowledge and litigating skills to justify a fee in the highest bracket of the Laffey matrix as modified.
Daniel A. Rezneck, a partner in the law firm of Arnold & Porter, in his affidavit, filed by the plaintiff, states that he has extensive experience litigating attorney's fees issues and he is familiar with the standards governing the setting of attorney's fees and the applicable federal statutes and the billing rates of lawyers in Washington, D.C., who engage in active litigation in the federal courts. Arnold & Porter's billing rate for attorneys having one to three years' experience is between $ 135 and $ 180 an hour in 1992. His firm's billing rate for lawyers with 20 or more years' experience is generally between $ 260 and $ 330 per hour in 1992.
Gerald P. Norton's declaration states that he is a partner in the law firm of Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz. Billing rates for lawyers in his firm are set annually based on the length of time since graduation from law school and his or her experience and areas of expertise. For a lawyer one to three years out of law school, the billing rate would be between $ 105 and $ 130 per hour since July 1, 1991. For lawyers with more than 20 years of experience, the rate has been $ 220 to $ 330 per hour since July 1, 1991.
The Affidavit of Mitchell Rogovin, a partner in the firm of Donovan Leisure, Rogovin, Huge & Schiller in Washington, D.C., reflects that billing rates in that firm depend upon the experience of the lawyer and the time since the lawyer graduated from law school. For one with one to three years' experience, $ 105 to $ 125 per hour would be billed. One hundred thirty dollars per hour would be billed in 1992. For one with 20 or more years' experience, $ 300 per hour would be billed in 1993.
The Affidavit of Richard L. Jacobson, a partner in the firm of Fulbright & Jaworski, reflects a billing rate for attorneys with 20 or more years' experience to be between $ 275 and $ 350 per hour in 1992. The billing rate for paralegals was between $ 55 and $ 85 per hour in 1992.
Thomas P. Gies, a partner in the firm of Crowell & Moring, furnished an affidavit with respect to rates charged in the case of Carolee Brady Hartman, et al. v. Joseph Duffey, Civil Action No. 77-2019. His firm's non-contingent rates for employment discrimination work are as follows:
Crowell & Moring Attorneys Year of Grad. Rate
Thomas P. Gies 1976 $ 255
Laurel P. Malson 1979 210
Victoria L. Eastus 1987 175
Jocelyn C. Frye 1988 160
Karen L. Katz * 1989 145
Glenn D. Grant 1990 130
Katherine K. White 1991 115
Alice M. Jones 1991 115
Caryl M. Lazzaro 1991 115
(* This timekeeper, Karen L. Katz, is no longer at Cromwell &
Moring. Her rate is therefore based on a composite of the
rates of several attorneys of the same level of experience.)
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