Crum v. Social Security Administration
ORDER granting 18 Motion for Attorney Fees. Plaintiff is awarded $2,353.82 in attorney's fees and expenses under the EAJA. 21 Motion for substitution granted. The Clerk of the Court is directed to correct the Court records to add Jonathan R. Clark as attorney of record for Defendant, in substitution for Greg White. Signed by Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray on 3/10/2017. (jak)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
TOMMY EDWARD CRUM, JR.
Social Security Administration1
Pending before the Court is Plaintiff’s motion requesting an award of
attorney’s fees and expenses under the Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”), 28
U.S.C. § 2412.2 Doc. 18. The Commissioner has filed a Response. Doc. 22.
Also pending is Defendant’s motion for substitution of counsel. Doc. 21.
Plaintiff’s attorney, Stephanie Bartels Wallace, requests a total payment of
$5,012.12, consisting of: (1) .50 hours of attorney work in 2015 at the adjusted
hourly rate of $191.00 ($95.50); (2) 23.35 hours of attorney work in 2016 at the
adjusted hourly rate of $193.00 ($4,506.55); (3) 5.20 hours of paralegal work at the
Nancy A. Berryhill is now the Acting Commissioner and, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P.
25(d), is automatically substituted as the Defendant.
On December 27, 2016, the Court entered an Order and Judgment reversing the
Commissioner’s decision and remanding this case for further administrative proceedings. Docs.
hourly rate of $75.00 ($390.00); and (4) $20.07 in expenses. The Commissioner does
not object to the requested amount.
The Court concludes that Plaintiff is entitled to an award of attorney’s fees
and expenses under the EAJA, and that the amount requested is reasonable.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Attorney’s Fees
and Expenses Pursuant to the EAJA, Doc. 18, is GRANTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff is awarded $2,353.82 in attorney’s
fees and expenses under the EAJA.3
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT Defendant’s Motion for Substitution of
Counsel, Doc. 21, is GRANTED. The Clerk of the Court is directed to correct the
Court records to add Jonathan R. Clark as attorney of record for Defendant, in
substitution for Greg White.
DATED this 10th day of March 2017.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Consistent with the Commissioner’s usual procedure in light of Astrue v. Ratliff, 560 U.S.
586 (2010), the check awarding EAJA fees should be made payable to Plaintiff, but mailed to the
care of Plaintiff’s attorney at the attorney’s office.
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