Goldman v. Social Security Administration
ORDER granting 15 Motion for Attorney Fees. Plaintiff is awarded $3,125.77 in attorney's fees and expenses under the EAJA. Signed by Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray on 3/8/2018. (jak)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
TAWNYA SOUTH GOLDMAN
Social Security Administration
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. § 2412.1 Doc. 15. The Commissioner has filed a Response. Doc. 17.
Plaintiff’s attorney, Stephanie Bartels Wallace, requests a total payment of
$3,125.77, consisting of: (1) 14.20 hours of attorney work in 2017-18 at the adjusted
hourly rate of $196.00 ($2,783.20); (2) 4.30 hours of paralegal work at the hourly
rate of $75.00 ($322.50); and (3) $20.07 in expenses. The Commissioner does not
object to the requested amount.
Under these circumstances, 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.
On January 5, 2018, the Court entered an Order and Judgment reversing the
Commissioner’s decision and remanding this case for further administrative proceedings. Docs.
13 & 14.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Attorney’s Fees
and Expenses Pursuant to the EAJA, Doc. 15, is GRANTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff is awarded $3,125.77 in attorney’s
fees and expenses under the EAJA.2
DATED this 8th day of March, 2018.
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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