Karen Winner's Attorney and Consultation Services
Good Divorce, Bad Divorce - Karen Winner

Lawyer caught on camera under oath, admits to charging his client more than $300 an hour to get his exercise! Don’t let this happen to you. Contact Karen Winner, Esq. to help you fight legal fee abuse.

Attorney Karen Winner

Tel: 212-337-3464

Help With Legal Billing Abuse


Many lawyers who engage in billing abuse of their clients treat it as “business as usual.” I addressed this issue in my book, Divorced From Justice: The Abuse of Women and Children by Lawyers and Judges (published by ReganBooks/HarperCollins Publishers.)  Unfortunately, the situation has not changed much since 1996 when my book came out. In fact, there’s evidence that unethical billing practices by lawyers might be getting worse. According to Cumberland School of Law  Professor William Ross, the percentage of attorneys who believed that "double billing" was unethical fell from 64.7 percent in his1995-1996 survey to 51.8 percent in the 2006-2007 survey. (Double billing is billing two clients for work performed at the same time, like charging a client for working on a draft document while charging for travel on another client’s case).


My goal is to give people the tools they need in the fight for their consumer rights with their attorneys. I can help you with the following:

  1. If you have a problem with your attorney understanding the attorney fees;
  2. If your lawyer is suing you for unpaid legal fees;
  3. If you need help negotiating your retainer agreement and lawyer fees;
  4. If you think you have been overcharged, or other billing abuses.


I offer group workshops and on-line seminars on the following:

  1. Teaching legal consumers how to read and understand their attorneys’ billing invoices;
  2. Empowering legal consumers to coordinate budgets with their attorneys to hold down costs;
  3. Identifying and correcting legal billing errors;
  4. Helping to write formal complaints against attorneys to the grievance and disciplinary authorities;
  5. Helping legal consumers understand the impact of the laws on their particular legal fee situations;
  6. I also educate professional and community organizations from civic groups to local church and temple groups.


If you think you may have been the victim of legal fee abuse, or you want to learn about methods to learn to prevent financial nightmares with an attorney, contact us to schedule an appointment.

If you would like to participate in a low cost group workshop held on-line, on holding down legal fees, contact me by e-mail to let me know your needs.

Divorced From Justice
"Karen Winner’s groundbreaking exposé of the flagrant denials of due process and judicial abuses inflicted on women in our family courts is a clarion call for legislative action."  

Karen Winner
Attorney at Law
252 West 37th Street
Suite 600
New York, N.Y. 10018
Tel: 212-337-3464
Fax: 212-691-6452


Author Karen Winner Esq testifies before the New York Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline