Johnson v. Victor Nissan, Inc. et al
Order GRANTING 25 MOTION for Attorney Fees of Danny W. Crenshaw as set out & finding that Mr. Crenshaw is entitled to $21,353.45 from the settlement funds received or to be paid in this case. Signed by Judge Callie V. S. Granade on 9/5/2012. (copy mailed to Plf on 9/6/12) (tot)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
ELTON L. JOHNSON,
VICTOR NISSAN, INC.,
a/k/a Victor Automotive, and
CIVIL ACTION NO. 11-490-CG-N
This matter is before the court on the supplemental motion of attorney Danny
W. Crenshaw to withdraw. (Doc. 25). On July 5, 2012, this court granted Mr.
Crenshaw’s motion to withdraw and noted that counsel’s supplemental motion
included a motion for attorney’s fees. (Doc. 26). The Clerk was directed to forward a
copy of the order as well as other recent orders to the plaintiff and plaintiff has
proceeded pro se since his attorney’s withdrawal.1
Mr. Crenshaw’s motion for attorney’s fees requests that he be awarded a
reasonable attorney’s fee of 33% of the amount of the settlement in this case plus the
costs of mediating the case. The case was settled for the sum of $60,000.00 prior to
On July 11, 2012, the plaintiff filed his pro se opposition to a motion to enforce
settlement. (Doc. 28).
Mr. Crenshaw’s withdrawal from the case and the total cost of mediation was
$3,106.90. Accordingly, Mr. Crenshaw seeks $19,800.00 in fees and $1,553.45 for
plaintiff’s portion of the mediation cost for a total amount requested of $21,353.45.
The court notes that there have been no objections filed to the above requested
amounts. The court also notes that this action has been pending since June 28, 2011
when it was filed in the Circuit Court of Dallas County, Alabama. The claims asserted
in this case are for discrimination in employment, wrongful termination, retaliation,
and breach of contract. The case was removed to this court on August 26, 2011, and
the parties proceeded with discovery which was set to end on July 2, 2012. The
parties mediated the case on May 16, 2012 and ultimately agreed to settle the case,
executing a settlement agreement on June 21, 2012. Mr. Crenshaw represented
plaintiff throughout these proceedings and moved to withdraw after the case had been
settled and plaintiff and Mr. Crenshaw had a disagreement regarding his
representation of plaintiff and regarding plaintiff’s duty to satisfy the settlement
terms. After considering the nature of the case, and time and labor that would be
necessary to pursue the case and take it through mediation to settlement, the court
finds that the attorney’s fees and costs requested are reasonable.
Accordingly, the court hereby GRANTS the motion of Danny W. Crenshaw for
attorney’s fees (Doc. 25), and finds that Mr. Crenshaw is entitled to Twenty-One
Thousand, Three Hundred Fifty-Three Dollars and Forty-Five Cents
($21,353.45) from the settlement funds received or to be paid in this case.
DONE and ORDERED this 5th day of September, 2012.
/s/ Callie V. S. Granade
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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