We understand that clients are often concerned with cost, which is why we try to be upfront with how we charge clients. The truth is, every case is different, and we do not know how much time your case will take, but we can give you an idea for budgeting purposes. When you sign a retainer agreement to hire us, we ask you for a retainer fee of $5,000, payable by check or credit card. Many of our clients will pay at least double that amount by the time we finish their case. Attorney Andrew A. Feinstein charges $500 per hour and attorney Griswold charges $400 per hour. To review the file, talk with parents and experts, prepare a request for due process, schedule a prehearing and mediation, and attend mediation generally take between 25 and 30 hours. The vast majority of cases in which we file for due process settle at mediation or in negotiations shortly thereafter. If the case does not settle on terms satisfactory to you and the case goes to a hearing, you can expect the hearing to last eight to 12 days. We generally put in 12 to 15 hours for each day of hearing (that includes the actual time in the hearing) to prepare witnesses and questions. A post-hearing brief will generally take 20 to 30 hours. If we prevail at the hearing, the school district will be obligated to pay attorney fees. Because the cost of fighting for your child’s rights is so high, should your case go to hearing we are willing to discuss payment plans and adjustments, based on your own needs.