Swaffar v. Social Security Administration
ORDER granting 14 Motion for Attorney Fees. The Commissioner shall pay to Barbara M. Swaffar the sum of $7,250.70 as attorneys' fees. Signed by Judge J. Leon Holmes on 9/24/2014. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
BARBARA M. SWAFFAR
CAROLYN W. COLVIN,
Social Security Administration
Barbara M. Swaffar has filed a request for attorneys’ fees and costs under the Equal Access
to Justice Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2412. She seeks reimbursement of a total of 39.10 hours of attorney time
(7.3 hours in 2013 and 31.80 hours in 2014) at the rate of $183 per hour for 2013 and $186 per hour
for 2014. She seeks fees of $1,335.90 for 2013 and $5,914.80 for 2014 for a total of $7,250.70.
The Commissioner of the Social Security Administration concedes that Swaffar is entitled
to recover attorneys’ fees, and she concedes that the hourly rates are appropriate, but she objects to
11.35 hours for 2014 as excessive or clerical in nature. She proposes that a reasonable fee under the
Equal Access to Justice Act would be $5,139.60 (7.3 hours x $183 per hour for 2013 = $1,335.90
plus 20.45 hours x $186 per hour for 2014 = $3,803.70).
After careful review, the Court does not agree with the Commissioner that Swaffar’s fee
request represents an excessive amount of time or that the time to which the Commissioner objects
is clerical in nature. The brief filed by Swaffar in this matter reflects careful review of the
administrative record, along with a detailed presentation of evidence contained in that record. The
brief was sufficiently persuasive that the Commissioner moved to remand this case to the
administrative law judge for further development of the record.
Barbara Swaffar’s request for attorneys’ fees and costs under the Equal Access to Justice Act
is GRANTED. Document #14. The Commissioner shall pay to Barbara M. Swaffar the sum of
$7,250.70 as attorneys’ fees.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 24th day of September, 2014.
J. LEON HOLMES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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