Contingency Fee

The term “contingency fee” refers to a type of fee arrangement in a case in which an attorney or firm agrees that the payment of legal fees will be contingent upon the successful outcome of the case.  Frequently, a contingency fee will be a portion of the proceeds obtained by the client due to the litigation or settlement, or it may be the amount of attorney fees accrued but not billed to the client until the successful conclusion of the case.  The specific arrangements for a contingency fee case should be set forth in a fee agreement, which is a contract between the lawyer (or law firm) and the client that explains the terms and conditions of the representation.