Terris, Pravlik & Millian, LLP has litigated attorneys’ fees issues for decades under environmental and civil rights laws. The firm has been the leading advocate in the effort to demonstrate that the Legal Service Index or LSI update of the Laffey Matrix is a better reflection of market rates in the District of Columbia for complex federal litigation than the Consumer Price Index (CPI) update of the USAO Laffey Matrix. Use the links below to access information regarding the LSI-Updated Laffey Matrix.
On December 18, 2015, the D.C. Circuit affirmed attorneys’ fees using the LSI-Updated Laffey Matrix. The D.C. Circuit agreed with the district court that the evidence presented by plaintiffs demonstrated that the LSI-Updated Laffey Matrix better reflects market rates in the District of Columbia for complex federal litigation than the CPI-Updated USAO Laffey Matrix. Click here to read the decision in Salazar v. District of Columbia.
The key to the decision was the evidence presented and the fact that the case involves complex federal litigation. The evidence presented in Salazar, including Dr. Michael Kavanaugh’s affidavits, is available here at the link below. Also available is similar evidence for other years. The evidence is organized by years that follow the Laffey Matrix convention of running from June 1 through May 31. It is also organized by years because in cases against the government historic rates often must be used instead of the current rates that may be sought against private entities.
We will be regularly updating the rates evidence.
History of Matrix
Terris, Pravlik & Millian, LLP is a public interest law firm that litigates cases for clients with matters involving Environmental Law, Civil Rights Law, and Employment Law.