Ferguson v. Commissioner of the Social Security Administration
ORDER granting 35 Motion for Attorney Fees per Rule 406b in the amount of $9,025.00. Signed by Honorable Richard M Gergel on 7/18/2017.(gnan )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner
of Social Security Administration,
Civil Action No. 5:15-3667-RMG
This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiffs motion for approval of attorney' s fees
under 42 U.S.C. § 406(b). (Dkt. No. 35). Plaintiff seeks approval of an attorney' s fee for his
services on behalf of Plaintiff in federal court in the amount of $9 ,025 .00, which represents 25%
of the total back award obtained on behalf of Plaintiff. (Dkt. No. 35-1). Plaintiffs contract with
his counsel provides for a 25% contingency fee. (Dkt. No. 35-2). 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), Plaintiff's counsel is obligated to pay to her
client the amount previously awarded by the Court under EAJA. (Dkt. No. 37).
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 Plaintiffs motion to approve
the fee in the amount of$9,025.00. Upon receipt of this award, Plaintiff's counsel is directed to
reimburse to Plaintiff $2,794.20 previously awarded under EAJA. (Dkt. No. 33).
AND IT IS SO ORDERED.
United States District Judge
July \"'Z , 2017
Charleston, South Carolina
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