Paralegal Fees Are Recoverable

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that a successful plaintiff may recover paralegal fees in a case against the government covered by the Equal Access to Justice Act.

Although not binding on Tennessee courts in those limited cases where attorneys’ fees are recoverable,  the result can be used as support for the general notion that paralegals perform valuable services in litigation and therefore should be given fair consideration in fee awards.

Read Richin Security Service Co. v. Chertoff,  No. 06–1717 (USSC June 2, 2008) here.