Rates Evidence

In Salazar v. District of Columbia, the court adopted the LSI-Updated Laffey Matrix requested by plaintiffs based on the evidence presented showing that the LSI-Updated Laffey Matrix was more closely aligned with market rates than the CPI-Updated USAO Matrix.  The evidence presented in Salazar, including Dr. Michael Kavanaugh’s affidavits, is available at the links below for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.  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 must be used instead of the current rates that may be sought against private entities.

The rates evidence shows that the LSI is the more appropriate index because: (1) it is specific to legal services; (2) it is national, but so is the D.C. market for complex federal litigation; (3) its rate of change is below, but more closely aligned with, the rate of change in market rates in D.C.; and (4) it produces rates that are below, but more closely aligned with, market data than the CPI-Updated USAO Matrix.

The Firm Size link provides the evidence used in Salazar to counter the argument that the rates in the LSI-Updated Laffey Matrix reflect the rates charged by large firms, not small firms, such as Terris, Pravlik & Millian, LLP.

  • 2007 - 2008
  • 2010 - 2011 Click on link for 2011-2012, 2010-2011 Evidence included there
  • 2011 - 2012
  • 2012 -2013
  • 2013 - 2014: Click on link for 2015-2016, 2013-2014 Evidence included there
  • 2014 - 2015: Click on link for 2015-2016, 2014-2015 Evidence included there
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Firm Size

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