Attorney fees

An attorney can dismiss claims with prejudice on behalf of their client, but only with their client’s permission. You may still be able to appeal, but it depends on what claim was dismissed and what issue you would like to appeal. You should be aware that if you intend to appeal you have a very short period of time in which to appeal and should meet with an attorney immediately if you intend to appeal.

Helena M. Nevicosi
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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919.787.6361 main fax

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Charlotte, NC 28262
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Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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My attorney fees for my case were in excess of 200,000. Due to a binding arbitration clause, the judge ordered me to attend arbitration and the arbitrator ordered me to pay the full amount. At that point, I had no recourse as I knew the judge would not help me even though he made the statement at a hearing that my attorney had charged “excessive fees”. I received notification today that the attorney had dismissed the case “with prejudice” and I, of course, understand what that means. What I am asking is can an attorney dismiss a suit “with prejudice”? I thought only a judge could do that. Does this eliminate my right to appeal? I know there probably is nothing I can do. I’ve already tried. Thanks.