Joseph Law Announces Monthly Fixed Fee Model for Employment and Corporate Law Matters as Alternative to Traditional Hourly Billing

SAN FRANCISCO, CAJoseph Law Corporation announced today that it has begun offering a subscription fee model for employment, transactional, corporate and securities law services as an alternative to the traditional hourly billing format utilized by most business oriented law firms.  “Business clients, particularly those with recurring legal costs and matters, are requiring alternative billing models as an option to the hourly rate structure.  The fixed fee subscription provides predictability and drives down legal costs while encouraging clients to seek legal input earlier.  It is a perfect solution for businesses that routinely require employment and HR advice or have recurring transactional, contract, bank regulatory or securities law counseling needs and are tired of ever increasing legal costs,” said Jonathan Joseph, the firm’s chief executive officer.

The fixed fee subscription eliminates hourly billing and provides unlimited legal counseling within all agreed upon core areas.  With a subscription model, the client is empowered to invite its lawyers to participate sooner since the meter doesn’t’ start running every time the client calls. While alternative billing has become more popular in recent years, Joseph Law is one of the first California based law firms to craft a monthly subscription fee model for banks, venture capital firms and public corporations with legal service needs related to transactional work such as venture capital financing, employment and labor law matters including executive compensation, bank regulatory and corporate issues, contract negotiations and securities disclosure matters.

Our fixed fee subscription service is easy to implement.  Each client’s fee is based on that particular client’s needs within defined core areas.  The first month is an initiation month with a flat fee that covers all of our services within the agreed upon core areas. During the month, our lawyers meet with the client’s executives and other key personnel, attend board or planning meetings and otherwise learn the client’s business. At the end of the month, we meet with the client and agree upon a fixed monthly rate going forward.  In practice, the Joseph Law monthly fixed fee model tends to reduce business annual legal costs within defined core areas by as much as 40%.  That fixed rate continues until either party requests an adjustment and is usually reset annually.

The fixed fee or flat fee billing structure is informed by Joseph Law’s senior lawyers’ years as billing partners at large national law firms that emphasized the billable hour model.  Jonathan  Joseph worked as a partner for many years at Pillsbury Winthrop and Kirkpatrick & Lockhart (now known as K & L Gates) while Jonathan Cohen was a litigation partner at Winston & Strawn and Kirkpatrick & Lockhart.

Joseph Law Corporation is an AV® rated firm based in California that emphasizes complex banking, corporate, regulatory, transactional and litigation matters for financial institutions, private businesses, public companies and venture capital firms.  Joseph Law is known for sophisticated expertise, extraordinary commitment to clients, relationship-based services, and a range of specialized capabilities typically found only in the largest American law firms.   For additional information, please visit the firm’s JCD Law website.

For more information:

Jonathan M. Cohen can be reached at [email protected] or at 415.817.9200, ext 8.

Jonathan D.  Joseph can be reached at [email protected] or at 415.817.9200, ext 9.


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