The methodology of calculation and
benchmarking for this Updated Laffey Matrix has been
approved in a number of cases. See, e.g.,DL v. District of
Columbia, 267 F.Supp.3d 55, 69 (D.D.C. 2017)
* “Years Out of Law School” is calculated
from June 1 of each year, when most law students graduate.
“1-3" includes an attorney in his 1st, 2nd and 3rd years
of practice, measured from date of graduation (June 1).
“4-7" applies to attorneys in their 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th
years of practice. An attorney who graduated in May 1996
would be in tier “1-3" from June 1, 1996 until May 31,
1999, would move into tier “4-7" on June 1, 1999, and tier
“8-10" on June 1, 2003.
** The Adjustment Factor refers to
the nation-wide Legal Services Component of the Consumer
Price Index produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics
of the United States Department of Labor.