Welch v. Social Security Administration Commissioner
ORDER denying 16 Motion for Attorney Fees. Signed by Honorable James R. Marschewski on July 18, 2011. (sh)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
FORT SMITH DIVISION
CIVIL NO. 10-2160
MICHAEL J. ASTRUE, Commissioner
Social Security Administration
Plaintiff, Donna Berry-Welch, appealed the Commissioner's denial of benefits to this
court. ECF No. 1. On February 24, 2011, judgment was entered remanding Plaintiff's case to
the Commissioner pursuant to sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g). ECF No. 15. On June 17,
2011, Plaintiff moved for an award of $2666.50 in attorney’s fees and costs under 28 U.S.C. §
2412, the Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”), requesting compensation for 15.10 attorney
hours at an hourly rate of $165.00, 3.50 paralegal hours at an hourly rate of $50.00. ECF No.
16. Defendant has filed a response agreeing to the hourly rates requested by Plaintiff. ECF No.
A request for an award of attorney's fees and costs under the EAJA may be filed up until
30 days after the judgment becomes "not appealable" i.e., 30 days after the 60-day time for
appeal has ended. See Shalala v. Schaefer, 509 U.S. 292, 296, 113 S.Ct. 2625 (1993); 28
U.S.C.§§ 2412(d)(1)(B), (d)(2)(G). Thus, in this instance, a request for attorney’s fees under the
EAJA should have been filed no later than May 25, 2011. Plaintiff’s counsel did not file her
EAJA petition until June 17, 2011. Therefore, Plaintiff’s request for EAJA fees is untimely.
Accordingly, Plaintiff’s motion for EAJA fees is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 18th day of July, 2011.
/s/ J. Marschewski
HON. JAMES R. MARSCHEWSKI
CHIEF U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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