Fierro v. Social Security Administration
ORDER by Magistrate Judge Stephan M. Vidmar GRANTING 24 Plaintiff's Motion for Attorney Fees under EAJA (am)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
JOSIAH RICHARD FIERRO,
No. 16-cv-0193 SMV
NANCY A. BERRYHILL,1
Acting Commissioner of Social Security Administration,
ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION
FOR ATTORNEY FEES UNDER EAJA
THIS MATTER is before the Court on Plaintiff’s Motion for Attorney Fees Pursuant to the
Equal Access to Justice Act, with Memorandum in Support [Doc. 24], filed on February 20, 2017.
Plaintiff requests attorney fees in the amount of $4,992.
In her response [Doc. 25], the
Commissioner does not object to Plaintiff’s request for attorney fees. The Court, having
considered the submissions of counsel, the record in this case, and the relevant law, and being
otherwise fully advised in the premises, FINDS that the motion is well-taken and will be
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that Plaintiff’s
Motion for Attorney Fees Pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act [Doc. 24] is GRANTED,
and Plaintiff Josiah Richard Fierro is authorized to receive $4,992 for payment to his attorney for
Nancy A. Berryhill is now the Acting Commissioner of Social Security. Pursuant to Rule 25(d) of the Federal Rules
of Civil Procedure, Nancy A. Berryhill should be substituted for Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin as the
defendant in this suit. No further action needs to be taken to continue this suit by reason of the last sentence of § 205(g)
of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 405(g).
services before this Court, as permitted by the Equal Access to Justice Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2412, and
in accordance with Manning v. Astrue, 510 F.3d 1246, 1255 (10th Cir. 2007).
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that if Plaintiff’s counsel is ultimately granted attorney
fees pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 406(b) of the Social Security Act, counsel shall refund the smaller
award to Plaintiff pursuant to Gisbrecht v. Barnhart, 535 U.S. 789, 796 (2002) (“Congress
harmonized fees payable by the Government under EAJA with fees payable under § 406(b) out of
the claimant’s past-due Social Security benefits in this manner: Fee awards may be made under
both prescriptions, but the claimant’s attorney must refun[d] to the claimant the amount of the
smaller fee.”) (internal quotation marks omitted).
IT IS SO ORDERED.
STEPHAN M. VIDMAR
United States Magistrate Judge
Presiding by Consent
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