Guzman v. Saul
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Stephen C Dries on 4-26-21 granting 25 Motion for Attorney Fees. (cc: all counsel)(Dries, Stephen)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
Case No. 20-CV-03-SCD
ANDREW M. SAUL,
Commissioner of Social Security,
ORDER AWARDING ATTORNEY’S FEES
Eddie Guzman filed this action on January 2, 2020, seeking judicial review under the
Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 405(g), of the final decision of the Commissioner of Social
Security denying her application for social security benefits. ECF No. 1. The matter was
reassigned to me after the parties consented to magistrate-judge jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C.
§ 636(c) and Fed. R. Civ. P. 73(b). See ECF Nos. 12, 13. On August 3, 2020, I issued a decision
approving the parties’ stipulation to remand the petition for further proceedings pursuant to
sentence four of § 405(g). See ECF No. 21. Judgment was entered that same day. See ECF No.
22. Thereafter, on September 3, 2020, the parties filed a stipulation pursuant to the Equal
Access to Justice Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2412, for $5,000 in attorney fees, see ECF No. 23, which I
approved the next day, see ECF No. 24.
After granting judgment favorable to a claimant, “the court may determine and allow
as part of its judgment a reasonable fee for such representation, not in excess of 25 percent of
the total of the past-due benefits to which the claimant is entitled by reason of such judgment.”
42 U.S.C. § 406(b)(1)(A). In turn, the Commissioner may “certify the amount of such fee for
payment to such attorney out of, and in addition to, the amount of such-due benefits.” Id.
After offsetting the fee amount by the $5,000 previously awarded, Guzman requests
that the Court instruct the Commissioner to direct payment to Guzman’s counsel in the
amount of $4,185.00. The Commissioner does not oppose this request. Guzman’s motion for
attorneys’ fees is therefore granted. The fee award of $4,185 is approved.
SO ORDERED this 26th day of April, 2021.
STEPHEN C. DRIES
United States Magistrate Judge
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