Womble v. Commissioner of Social Security Administration
ORDER granting 20 Motion for Attorney Fees per Rule 406b, awarding fees in the amount of $15,486.50. Signed by Honorable Richard M. Gergel on 10/24/2017.(bshr, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Myra Michelle Womble,
Civil Action No. 1: 15-3017-RMG
Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner
of Social Security Administration,
This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiffs motion for approval of attorney's fees
under 42 U.S.C. § 406(b). (Dkt. No. 20). Plaintiff seeks approval of an attorney' s fee for his
services on behalf of Plaintiff in federal court in the amount of $15,486.50, which represents
25% of the total back award obtained on behalf of Plaintiff. (Id.). Plaintiffs contract with his
counsel provides for a 25% contingency fee. (Dkt. No. 20-2). The Defendant has advised the
Court that she supports approval of the attorney fee request of Plaintiff, but correctly notes that
upon receipt of the fee award under§ 406(b), Plaintiffs counsel is obligated to pay to her client
the amount previously awarded by the Court under EAJA. (Dkt. No. 21).
The Court has reviewed the Plaintiffs motion in light of the standards set forth in
Grisbrecht v. Barnhart, 535 U.S. 789, 808 (2002). The Court finds that pursuant to the
Grisbrecht standards the proposed fee is reasonable and grants the Plaintiff s motion to approve
the fee in the amount of $15,486.50. Upon receipt of this award, Plaintiffs counsel is directed to
reimburse to Plaintiff $4,000.00 previously awarded under EAJA. (Dkt. No. 19).
AND IT IS SO ORDERED.
United States District Judge
October '<., ' ( , 2017
Charleston, South Carolina
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