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If you are thinking about filing an injury lawsuit, you are probably concerned with how much it will cost you. At McGee, Lerer & Associates, we are dedicated to helping our clients obtain the justice that they deserve. Our firm offers top-notch legal services to all of our clients for an affordable price.

Contingency Fee Basis

When you hire us to represent you, you pay nothing upfront. We get our payment from you after your case settles, and it will come from the claim award we collect from the insurance carrier. This is known as a “contingency fee” because our payment is contingent on collecting a financial award for you. If we collect nothing, you pay nothing. Because we work on a contingency fee basis, we only take cases where we feel we can obtain financial compensation for the client. If we can’t take your case, we’ll refer you to an attorney who might be able to help you.

Payment Percentages for Our Services

You will never have to cut us a check when you hire our attorneys. The money we receive for taking on your case comes from the money the insurer pays as part of the settlement. We charge the following fees:

  • 33 1/3%: If the case is settled before a lawsuit is filed or arbitration begins.
  • 40%: If the case is settled after the lawsuit is filed or arbitration is demanded
  • 25%: If the client is under the age of 18

Because our lawyers only get paid if they are successful, we are motivated to do all that we can to secure the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.

How Our Expenses Work

Sometimes there are additional expenses needed to build you a solid case. However, you don’t have to worry about paying for any expenses until after your case is settled. The cost of our reimbursement will come from what you are awarded in your settlement. Examples of common costs include:

  • Police Reports
  • Copies of Medical Records
  • Asset Check on the At-Fault Party

After your settlement is reached, we pay any money you owe to medical providers or health insurance companies. The remaining balance goes right to you.

Click on the sample settlement breakdown to see how the settlement is divided up.

Schedule a Free Consultation

If you are thinking about filing a lawsuit, you can schedule a free consultation with our legal team to discuss your case in detail. Our friendly lawyers Daniel McGee and Catherine Lerer can tell you what legal options you have and how to secure the compensation you deserve.

At McGee, Lerer & Associates, we are here to help you through the stress and confusion of a lawsuit. Contact our team of Santa Monica personal injury lawyersto set up your free case consultation today. 


Meet Our Team

At McGee, Lerer & Associates, we have the skills and experience you deserve. Get to know our team by scrolling down and selecting the staff you would like to learn more about.

Why Choose McGee, Lerer & Associates?

What Makes Us Different
  • Four Convenient Locations
    We have 4 offices in Southern California - Los Angeles, Pasadena, Santa Monica, & Long Beach.
  • 24/7 Availability
    We're available before and after normal business hours to meet with you and start your case.
  • No Fees Unless We Win
    Until and unless we succeed in providing your compensation, we don't charge you a dime. Learn more here.
  • Personalized Attention
    We take the time to understand each aspect of your case in order to tailor your solution.

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Learn What It's Like to Work With Our Firm

At McGee, Lerer & Associates, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

    "This law firm is very professional"

    After my car accident, I didn't know what to do. I tried to fix the problem myself, and my insurance ignored me. After speaking with Catherine and her working group Maria and Nick, I have actually been able to achieve what my insurance said would not be po

    "They make you feel like you are their only customer"

    They were always available to answer my messages and questions. I am very grateful to them. I recommend them.

    "They sit and talk to you before making any moves or decisions. I would highly recommend them!"

    Very professional. Made my case go smoothly and made me feel comfortable during it. They kept me updated constantly whenever anything new came about. They sit and talk to you before making any moves or decisions. I would highly recommend them! Thank you gu

    - J.L.
    "they are the ones you want in your corner in any automobile accident."

    I had Catherine represent me and my grandmother 10 years ago in a car accident. I couldn't tell you how professional and quickly she handled our case. Catherines strong determination against the issuance companies got us to get the medical rehabilitation w

    - A.G.
    "I was referred to them by my brother who had them handle his case as well, I wouldn’t go to any other lawyer"

    I was in a motorcycle accident back in May and Catherine and Joanna have been able to help me through the entire process, I was referred to them by my brother who had them handle his case as well, I wouldn’t go to any other lawyer

    - R.J.
    "We could not have asked for a better outcome!"

    I am writing this review on behalf of my son. We can’t recommend the McGee-Lerer team strongly enough. I found them online ...

    - Brent, Google Review
    "They have restored my faith in lawyers!"

    Don't hesitate to hire these guys. I had heard nothing but horror stories about accident attorneys before hiring them. But I ...

    - Omana, Google Review
    "They wanted to know what was important to me, what were my concerns and questions. I liked that."

    My dentist and my friend's dad both recommended this firm. So glad they did. I was very happy with how they handled my case. ...

    - Darya, Google Review