Originally Posted by odoreater
My experience with experts, and especially with lawyers, is that nobody wants to openly discuss what they charge. Everybody is vague when it comes to discussing their fees except when discussing them with actual clients.
Not arguing with what your experience has been, obviously. Just strikes me as odd, given that in the jurisdictions I'm familiar with the expert's rates are required to be disclosed either in their initial report or in some other discovery vehicle. At least for experts with some experience under their belt, it means their rates -- at least what they've charged in the past -- are a matter of public record. My sense -- and again, your experience may be completely different -- is that lawyers are often vague about what they charge because they don't necessarily have a single fixed rate and want to leave room to negotiate depending on the client, the type of case, how busy they are, etc. You don't want potential client X to know you're charging client Y $250/hour if you're planning to ask X for $300/hour. To the OP, I'd say that based on the subject matter, etc. the last few posts are in the ballpark of what I would think is reasonable, although completely off the top of my head I'd say that something in the $200-$300 range sounds more in line with what I'd expect than something north of $350 (although, as someone suggested, the amount at stake in the lawsuit might influence how price-sensitive the potential employer is).