Law Offices, Robert E. Lehrer
Robert E. Lehrer is an attorney with more than 45 years of experience in the practice areas in which his firm specializes, including extensive trial and appellate court experience in complex class action cases. He has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest rating from the leading attorney rating service). Click here for more information on the background of the firm, Mr. Lehrer’s experience, and his record of accomplishment. Click here for more information on the firm’s practice areas.
Civil Rights, Including Constitutional Rights
The firm represents clients in individual cases and in class action cases, with claims or defenses arising out of their employment, or their interaction with the justice system, or involving their receipt of public benefits, such as foster care or Medicaid benefits, or involving the government’s deprivation, without due process, of protected liberty or property interests or arising out of discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or disability. Mr. Lehrer has had particular success in the representation of employees whom Illinois state agencies (such as the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and the Illinois Department of Human Services) determine have committed wrongdoing, which determinations, unless overturned on appeal, effect long term exclusions from employment in any positions involving direct contact with children, with the elderly, with the developmentally disabled, or the mentally ill.
In individual cases, parties' claims or defenses are sometimes "mediated." Mediation is a process by which the parties to a dispute, which may or may not have given rise to a court case agree to use a third party neutral (called a "mediator") to facilitate the agreed resolution of their dispute. Mediation is a process for resolving disputes out of court. Mr. Lehrer is a certified mediator. He has also participated in many mediations as counsel for one or more parties to the mediation.
The firm usually works on an hourly basis in individual cases, but payment plans are available when the financial circumstances of the client make such a plan appropriate. In contrast, representation in class action cases is always provided on a contingent fee basis.
The hourly rates the firm employs are reasonable, lower, in general, than the hourly rates of lawyers whose qualifications, including experience, are comparable to Mr. Lehrer's.
The firm’s policy is to enter into a clearly written fee agreement in every case in which the firm is representing clients in litigation. Such agreements ensure against any misunderstandings about fees. The firm periodically provides, to each such client, itemized time sheets of its work on the client’s case, describing, by date, the work done and stating the amount of time spent. The firm also provides to each client a periodic accounting of any out of pocket costs (e.g., court filing costs) the firm incurs but for which the client is responsible.