Joe Studer

Attorney Fee Expert

Jerome “Joe” Studer is the founder and director of Legal Fee Analytics. Drawing upon his more than 25 years experience as a commercial litigator and more than 20 years of experience counseling clients on attorney fee issues, he brings a breadth and depth of experience that allows him to address a wide variety of issues relating to attorney fees. Joe provides expert opinions and testimony in state and federal courts, assists clients in evaluating the reasonableness of their legal spend, assists clients in managing their outside counsel, and is readily available to address any issue involving attorney fees.

Testifying and Consulting Witness

Joe has extensive experience conducting sophisticated quantitative analyses of legal fees, using a variety of data sources and tools. He has evaluated billions of dollars in legal fees and produced independent and trial-tested reports on fee reasonableness.  He has provided expert opinions in numerous matters across the county.

Dispute Resolution

Joe is focused on helping clients analyze and resolve disputes over attorney fees. While Joe is an experienced litigator, and has successfully litigated dozens of attorney fee disputes, he would rather resolve attorney fee issues through early intervention or otherwise creating a framework for addressing the client’s concerns about counsel’s fees and activities.

Litigation Management

Joe regularly lectures on fee reasonableness and litigation management issues to lawyers, law firms and industry groups, and also provides continuing education seminars, client training, and other presentations on fee issues and maintaining client-counsel relationships.

Joe earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago in 1992 and his law degree with honors from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1995. While in law school, Joe served as a judicial extern for U.S. District Judge George M. Marovich and (then) U.S. Magistrate Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer. Before college, Joe was a sergeant in the U.S. Army, where he served as a section leader in a cavalry scout platoon based in Germany. Joe is also an avid cyclist, and finds as many excuses to bike as he can.


University of Chicago, B.A., with honors, 1992

Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., with honors, 1995


Certified Litigation Management Professional, CLM Litigation Management Institute


Legal Fee Analytics, LLC (Mar 2019 – Present) – Founder and Director

Cozen O’Connor (June 2015 – Feb 2019) – Senior Counsel, Commercial Litigation Group

Legal Fee Solutions, LLC (June 2015 – Feb 2019) – Chair

Meckler Bulger Tilson (Oct 2001 – May 2015) – Partner, Commercial Litigation Group and Legal Fee Solutions Group

Daar Fisher Kanaris & Vanek (Dec 1997 – Sep 2001) – Associate

Clausen Miller (June 1995 – Dec 1997) – Associate