United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Phyllis J. Hamilton, Chief Judge

Susan Y. Soong, Clerk of Court

Capital Habeas Compensation Rates

Attorney Compensation
Lead Counsel $180/hour, as of March 1, 2014
Intermediate Lead Counsel $163/hour, as of January 1, 2010
Other Lead Counsel $142-158/hour, as of January 1, 2010
Second Counsel (other than co-lead) $116-142/hour, as of January 1, 2010
Associate Counsel $74-95/hour, as of January 1, 2010
Historic Lead Counsel Rates $163/hour 9/1/13-2/28/14
$178/hour 1/1/10-8/31/13
$175/hour 3/11/09-12/31/09
$170/hour 2/21/08-3/10/09
$166/hour 5/20/07-2/20/08 
$163/hour 1/1/06-5/19/07
$160/hour 2/1/05-12/31/05
Expert Presumptive Rates
Mitigation Specialist Up to $100 per hour ($55 for record collection)
Strickland Expert $178 (same as lead counsel maximum)

Psychiatrists, Neuropsychologists, and medically-licensed experts

$275 per hour
Forensic Experts $200 per hour
Psychologists (with PhD)       $200 per hour