Edwards v. Commissioner of Social Security Administration
ORDER granting 39 Motion for Attorney Fees per Rule 406b, awarding $18,194.00 in fees. Signed by Honorable Richard M. Gergel on 01/09/2015.(bshr, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Gloria Jean Edwards,
Carolyn D. Colvin, Commissioner
of Social Security,
Civil Action No. 3: 12-693RMG
This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiff's motion for approval of attorney's fees
under 42 U.S.C. § 406(b). (Dkt. No. 39). Plaintiff has informed the Court that she was
ultimately awarded Social Security disability benefits as a result of this present action that would
entitle her under to a 25% contingency fee of$18,194.00. (Dkt. No. 39-1 at 3). Plaintiff has
attached to this motion an executed attorney fee agreement providing for payment of a
contingency fee of25% of the any back benefits award. (Dkt. No. 39-2). Counsel for Plaintiff
has further informed the Court that this award is subject to offset from a previous award under
the Equal Access to Justice Act ("EAJA") of$6,031.44. (Dkt. No. 37). The Defendant has
advised the Court that she does not oppose the approval of Plaintiff's attorney fee under § 406(b).
(Dkt. No. 40).
The Court has reviewed the Plaintiff's 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 $18, 194.00. Since Plaintiff is entitled to an offset for previously
awarded EAJA fees, Plaintiffs counsel is directed that upon receipt of the fee award approved
herein to refund to Plaintiff $6,031.44.
AND IT IS SO ORDERED.
Richard Mark Gerg
United States District Judge
Charleston. South Carolina
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