WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT Maier Law Group’s Role as an External Attorney Investigator
If hired, Maier Law Group (MLG) will assign an attorney investigator (“the Investigator”) to conduct a neutral fact-finding workplace investigation. The Investigator will interview relevant witnesses as well as review any other relevant material. The Investigator will then draft a written report of her findings. This report will include findings of fact, but it will not include findings of whether or not any Client’s policies or any state or federal laws were violated. Such conclusions (regarding whether any laws or policies were violated) will be up to the Client and its advising attorney to determine. In addition, the Investigator will not provide legal advice to the Client, its employees, or its Board of Directors.
Rates and Anticipated Cost of an Investigation
MLG charges the following:
$350 to $400 an hour (depending on which attorney-investigator is assigned to the case);
$165 an hour for paralegal work; and
$200 an hour for attorney travel time.
We require an initial retainer deposit, thereafter replenishable, in the amount of $5,000 to commence work on the investigation.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to predict how many attorney hours will be needed to conduct any specific investigation such as this one, especially at the outset when the exact nature of the claims and the number of witnesses who will need to be interviewed are unknown. However, based on our past experience, investigations typically fall within the following cost ranges, depending on the nature of the complaint(s) and the complexity of the situation:
$5,000 to $10,000 for an investigation involving one or two complaints and one to two very discrete incident(s) and only two to five witnesses to be interviewed;
$10,000 to $20,000 for an investigation involving a relatively straightforward complaint(s) and approximately five to ten witnesses;
$20,000 to $30,000 (or more) for an investigation involving more complex or nuanced complaints and/or numerous witnesses.
In rare circumstances, when the complaints are particularly complex and involved, and also require several witness interviews, the investigation can cost from $30,000 to $50,000.
Please note that the above-mentioned costs are merely estimates, and may not reflect the actual cost of your investigation.
What to Expect When Working with MLG
MLG is composed of extremely hard-working investigators who combine a genuine empathy towards people during interviews with an analytical evaluation of the facts during the report writing process.
You should expect MLG to be responsive to your questions and concerns. Generally, you will get a response within 24 hours, and often, right away.
You should expect fair and efficient billing. If you have a question about the bill or feel as though we have made an error, please bring this to our attention. We are transparent in our billing and will engage in open dialog if you have concerns.
You should expect the Investigator to independently conduct the investigation. However, the Investigator will keep you well informed about the status of the investigation as well as any potential expansion of or change in the scope of the investigation.
You should expect an attorney-client engagement letter that’s clear and lays out our ethical obligations. Likewise, you should expect MLG to observe the highest ethical practices.
What We Expect When Working with You
MLG expects the following from its clients:
You allow the Investigator to conduct the investigation independently, without trying to influence the outcome. You will also accept whatever factual findings the Investigator ultimately reaches, without attempting to change the Investigator’s mind or conditioning the payment for our services on the Investigator reaching preferred conclusions.
To conduct an effective investigation, it must be prompt, thorough, and impartial. Accordingly, we will need your timely cooperation with the investigation, including the providing of requested information and access to witnesses to interview.
You are honest with us and tell us the bad as well as the good. You give us a full sense of the facts and are willing to tell the truth in a court of law, a deposition, or mediation, even when it’s ostensibly harmful to do so. MLG does not believe that either of us needs to cut ethical corners to get strong results.
You pay your bills on time. Starting in 2018, Maier Law Group has a new policy of asking clients to keep a standing retainer on the books that can be used as a deposit in cases of non-payment of bills. Please understand that we do this for expediency and so that we can attend to the business at hand, instead of chasing down payments.
MLG will assess late fees of 2% after invoices are eight weeks overdue (measured by the date the invoice was sent out). MLG will increase by 2% the interest due on the bill every month that invoices are overdue. So, for example, an invoice that’s four months overdue will need to be paid with 4% interest. While late fees are never a pleasant practice to implement, please understand that we are a small firm and can be significantly impacted by lack of attention to outstanding invoices.
HOW TO REPLY
If you have read this and believe that MLG is a good fit for this investigation, please complete the following intake form to give us more information about your company and your standard investigations practices.
Please complete the form below
Please be aware that submitting this form does not create an attorney-client relationship, and we do not represent individual employees.
 Generally, we require our clients to pay a retainer, and, in cases of ongoing matters, that retainer needs to be consistently replenished. Please understand this is not done out of lack of trust, but because we seek to minimize time spent tracking payments for overdue bills and to focus on our work instead. Retainer size varies depending on the scope of the engagement but is usually about the value of one month’s work for that engagement and is due within seven (7) days of signing your agreement to use MLG. Hourly fees and expenses will be charged against the retainer until it is exhausted. Additional fees and expenses, if any, will be billed periodically. Once the retainer is earned in full, you agree to immediately replenish the retainer at the same amount. If the initial or subsequent retainer is not exhausted at the conclusion of the investigation, all remaining funds will be promptly refunded.
 This will help us determine if we’re the right fit for you and, if we’re not, we can recommend some excellent attorneys for you to work with in our stead. We are always happy to help you find the legal help you need.