However there are some cases where the lawyer is forced by Statute to take a lower fee then the normal 33 1/3% or 40% that they would charge in most cases. For example, if someone is injured by someone who is working for a governmental authority (ie; City, County or other Division of the State of Florida) they are limited to a 25% across the board fee on any recovery. In addition to that, the amount that can be recovered from this municipality would be $200,000.00 for any one person and up to $300,000.00 for any group of people. The State of Florida has done this in order to discourage any lawsuits filed against governmental entities. Thus, many lawyers will refuse to take such cases. For this fact and due to the fact that the State of Florida has put up numerous hurdles in which the Plaintiff’s lawyers need to overcome in order to file a case against a governmental entity.
Another type of case in which the law firm of Christopher Ligori & Associates practices is securities litigation. Many times in securities litigation if the case is going in front of an arbitration panel, such as FINRA, the law firm will charge only a 35% fee. Another reason for this is that it is arbitration and not a jury trial, therefore the preparation is different and generally slightly less time consuming then a jury trial. However, these cases many times run into the millions of dollars of damages and still take an enormous amount of time to properly work up and be ready to arbitrate the case.