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Supreme Court Clarifies Attorney Lien Rights

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP v. Sutherland, No. 151, 2016 (January 3, 2017)

This decision explains the extent of an attorney fee lien in Delaware. The lien extends to the entire fee when the fee is based on hourly rates, regardless of whether all the time spent was necessary for the recovery. In other words, the lien is for unsuccessful efforts as well as those that resulted in the actual recovery.