This article first appeared on Legal Insurrection.
The attorneys who handle the bulk of drug cases are mostly young and relatively unknown to the public, according to a new study by an international law firm, Hiltzik & Co.
The firm analyzed the work of more than 200 drug law firms and found that those with high turnover rates and the most expensive attorneys tend to represent defendants who were caught with illegal drugs in the first place.
In addition, many attorneys also work as consultants for drug companies, and a lot of them are paid by the drug companies to advise the companies on how to better market their products, the study found.
The study also found that the attorneys who have the most to lose from a conviction for a drug case are typically the ones who are the most aggressive about defending the company against the lawsuit.
The average compensation for an attorney is about $100,000 a year, with the average salary of a lawyer rising to more than $100 million in the United States.
Hilttzks research also found the average fee for a criminal defense lawyer was $1.5 million.
The average criminal defense attorney was paid $1,250 per hour, according a study by the Law Institute at Loyola Law School.
Hiltzik says the high turnover rate and the high costs associated with that work, combined with a strong incentive for lawyers to defend drug companies over defendants, creates a “pay-to-play” environment for lawyers.
In response to the report, the American Bar Association’s chief executive, James Esseks, said that his group was reviewing the Hiltzzik study.
“We’re working closely with the firm to determine what steps we can take to ensure that this is a problem,” Essek said in a statement.
“The profession is deeply concerned by this data, which raises serious questions about the fairness of the system in which attorneys and prosecutors work and the impact that their high turnover is having on the profession.”
Drug companies have long been under scrutiny for their use of expensive legal representation.
In 2014, a federal judge found that one of the country’s largest drug companies had been paying nearly $300,000 per hour to a single lawyer who had represented more than 4,000 defendants in drug cases.
A year earlier, a class-action lawsuit against the drug company was dismissed after a judge found the company had spent nearly $500,000 on legal representation to defend itself against claims of corporate misconduct.
Hilton & Tufts University’s Paul M. Miller, the chief executive of the law firm’s Washington office, said the study suggests that it’s a good idea for companies to hire more lawyers to represent them against drug companies.
“Companies need to pay their legal defense attorneys, and they need to hire as many people as they can,” Miller said.
“These companies can’t be paying lawyers because of the high cost of legal representation, and that’s the reality.”
The Hiltzerks study, which was published in the American Journal of Criminal Justice, looked at the attorneys with the most drug-related cases.
It focused on drug cases from 2005 to 2017, and it focused on people with criminal records who were convicted of a felony offense, like a drug offense or an aggravated assault.
The firms analyzed their fees to determine how much each attorney was likely to earn and then used that data to calculate their total compensation.
The top ten attorneys with most drug cases were all represented by at least one person who had a criminal record, with an average of $120,000.
The top 10 attorneys who had the fewest cases were also represented by more than one person with a criminal history, with a median of $70,000 compensation.
According to the Hillettys study, the median salary for an associate attorney is $150,000, with $150 of that going to a third of the company’s employees.
The lowest-paid associate attorney was $30,000 with $10,000 going to his/her co-workers.
The most highly compensated associate attorney, with over $1 million in compensation, was David M. Levenson, who has represented over 6,000 drug defendants.