State Attorneys' Fees

California


Sliding scale fees may not exceed 40% of the $ 50,000, 1/3 of the next $ 50,000, 25% of the next $ 500,000, and 15% of damages exceeding $ 600,000. (Bus. & Prof. §6146)

Connecticut


Sliding scale fees may not exceed: one third of first $ 300,00; 25% of next $ 300,000; 20% of next $ 300,000; 15% of next $ 300,000; and 10% of damages exceeding $ 1. 2 million. (CGS §52. 251c)

Delaware


Sliding scale fees may not exceed: 35% of first $ 100,000; 25% of next $ 100,000; and 10% of damages exceeding $ 200,000. (Del. Code Ann Tit . 18 §. 6865)

Florida


Separate sliding scales for cases settling before filing an answer or appointing an arbitrator, cases settling before or after going to trial, and cases in which liability is admitted and only damages contested; 5% extra for cases appealed (See note below. ) * (Atty. Conduct Reg. 4-1. 5(f)(40(b))

Illinois


Sliding scale fees may not exceed one third of first $ 150,000; 25% of next $ 850,000, and 20% of damages exceeding $ 1 million. (Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. §110. 2. 1114) Attorney may apply to the court for additional compensation under certain circumstances. (§735. 5/2. 111 4)

Indiana


Plaintiff's attorney fees may not exceed 15% of any award that is made from Patient’s Compensation Fund (covers portion of an award that exceeds $ 100,000). (Ind Code Ann. §16. 9(5). 51)

Maine


Sliding scale fees may not exceed: one third of first $ 100,000; 25% of next $ 100,000, and 20% of damages that exceed $ 200,000; for purpose of rule, future damages are to be reduced to lump-sum value. (Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. §24. 2961)

Massachusetts


Sliding scale fees may not exceed: 40% of first $ 150,000, 33. 33% of next $ 150,000, 30% of next $ 200,000 and 25% of damages that exceed $ 500,000; further limits if claimants recovery insufficient to pay medical expenses. (Mass. Ann. Laws Chap. 231. § 601)

Michigan


Maximum contingency fee for a personal injury action is one third of the amount recovered. (Mich. Court Rules 8. 121(b))

New Jersey


Sliding scale fees may not exceed one third of first $ 500,000, 30% of second $ 500,000, 25% of third $ 500,000 and 20% of fourth $ 500,000; and amounts the court approves for damages that exceed $ 2,000,000; 25% cap for a minor or an incompetent plaintiff for a pretrial settlement. (Court Rules §1: 2107)

New York


Sliding scale fees may not exceed 30% of first $ 250,000, 25% of second $ 250,000, 20% of next $ 500,000, 15% of next $ 250,000 and 10% over $ 1. 25 million. (N. Y. Jud. §474a) The court may allow higher fees upon application of the claimant or his attorney.

Oklahoma


Fee may not exceed 50% of net judgment. (§5. 7)

Tennessee


Fee may not exceed one third of recovery (Tenn. Code Ann. § 29-26-120)

Utah


Contingency fee may not exceed third of award. (§78. 14. 7(5))

Wisconsin


Sliding scale may not exceed: third of first $ 1 million or 25% or first $ 1 million recovered if liability is stipulated within 180 days, and not later than 60 days before the first day of trial, and 20% of any amount exceeding $ 1 million. But court may approve higher limit in exceptional circumstances. (§655. 013)

Wyoming


Where recover is $ 1 million or less: third if claim settled within 60 days after filing, or 40% if settled after 60 days or judgment is entered; 30% over $ 1 million. But parties may agree to pay more. (Ct. Rules, Contingent Fee R. 5)
The Supreme Court of Florida has declared that attorneys' fees in excess of the following amounts are presumed unreasonable:

   1. In cases that settle before filing an answer or appointing an arbitrator, 33 1/3 percent of any recovery up to $ 1,000,000, 30 percent of any recovery between $ 1,000,000 and $ 2,000,000, and 20 percent of any excess over $ 2,000,000.

   2. In cases that settle subsequently or go to trial, 40 percent of any recovery up to $ 1,000,000, 30 percent of any recovery between $ 1,000,000 and $ 2,000,000, and 20 percent of any excess over $ 2,000,000.

   3. In cases in which liability is admitted and only damages are contested, 33 1/3 percent of any recovery up to $ 1,000,000, 20 percent of any recovery between $ 1,000,000 and $ 2,000,000, and 15 percent of any excess over $ 2,000,000.

Reference: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2003/olrdata/jud/rpt/2003-r-0664.htm