There is often confusion or anxiety about how fees are charged for legal services and whether a nurse can afford legal representation in disciplinary matters before the Ohio Board of Nursing. The attorneys at Collis Law Group LLC work hard to make legal representation accessible and affordable for all nurses.
Traditionally, there are three ways in which our firm charges to represent a nurse before the Nursing Board, i) a FLAT Fee, ii) an HOURLY Fee, or (iii) a COMBINATION Fee. Before representation is initiated, you will discuss which fee structure is appropriate for you with your attorney based on your case.
$2,500 (Additional Hearing Flat Fee $1,500-$2,500 if necessary)
In the vast majority of disciplinary matters that our firm handles before the Nursing Board, we agree to handle the case for an earned upon receipt flat fee of $2,500. This fee includes representation through the investigation phase, and if the case is not dismissed, we will negotiate terms of a Consent Agreement. We also continue to represent the nurse through the entire disciplinary process, including any time period of suspension or probation for this same fee.
If the parties are unable to agree to terms of a Consent Agreement, the case will proceed to hearing. All attorneys at Collis Law Group have experience representing nurses throughout the hearing process. If the case proceeds to hearing, depending on the complexity of the matter, an additional earned upon receipt flat hearing fee in the amount of $1,500-$2,500 is charged.
$250/hour with $2,500 retainer
Where it is determined that we might be able to quickly resolve a matter or, in the alternative, if the case involves such complex matters that might result in protracted litigation, our firm bills on an hourly basis. Our hourly rate to represent a nurse is $250 per hour.
In these cases, we traditionally request the nurse to deposit $2,500 into the firm’s retainer account. This retainer will be placed in a trust account and applied to invoices for future services. We reserve the right to request that additional funds be placed into the trust account as necessary to cover anticipated legal fees and expenses. After payment of all fees and expenses, the nurse is entitled to receive any funds remaining in the trust account after the conclusion of the matter, or if our relationship as legal counsel is terminated for any reason.
Start at $250/hour; cap at $2,500 (Additional Hearing Fee $1,500-$2,500, if necessary)
In some cases, we will agree to a Combination Fee. This means that we will initially charge the nurse on the hourly basis, with a deposit of $2,500 into the firm’s retainer account. Then, if the case is not dismissed and the Nursing Board issues a Notice of Opportunity for Hearing or Suspension or offers a Consent Agreement, we will agree to negotiate terms of a Consent Agreement for an earned upon receipt flat fee of $2,500. Any legal fees paid at the hourly rate will be applied to the flat fee amount. If the case proceeds to an administrative hearing before the Nursing Board, an additional earned upon receipt flat hearing fee of $1,500-$2,500 will be charged, depending on the complexity of the case.
A Combination Fee is traditionally agreed to in cases where we are hopeful the case will close in a short period of time and do not want to charge the nurse the entire flat fee of $2,500.
Monthly Itemized Statements Will be Provided:
Whether we charge a Flat fee, an Hourly Fee or a Combination Fee, we provide our clients with an itemized written statement on a monthly basis, detailed according to date, time involved, description of services and persons performing the services. Any expenses incurred by the firm on the client’s behalf will be itemized on the statement. Expenses include but are not limited to postage, delivery charges, copying charges, filing fees, expert witness fees.
Collis Law Group LLC is located in Columbus, Ohio. Our office is within 4 miles of the Nursing Board offices. One of the advantages of hiring a law firm based in Columbus is that we do not separately bill the client for expenses of travel, hotel, or meals when we attend a meeting or hearing before the Nursing Board.
This is a general summary of Collis Law Group LLC’s fees to represent a nurse in a disciplinary matter before the Ohio Board of Nursing. This information is subject to change and may be different in a particular matter. This information is not intended, and does not, create a lawyer-client relationship.
As always, if you have any questions about this post or about the Ohio Board of Nursing, contact one of the attorneys at the Collis Law Group, LLC at 614-486-3909 or email me at Beth@collislaw.com