"We make hot blooded arguments in favor of cold blooded decisions." -Wheat Legal
We are a small firm founded in 2018 and based out of Seattle, Washington.
Our practice's focus is on commercial litigation and business law, but our attorneys volunteer in their communities in many other ways as well.
Our firm's primary mission is to provide legal advice worth its weight in gold - the most valuable service your dollar, franc, yen, or pound can buy.
Policy, procedure, and scalability are baked into our practice. If we can't do something - and sometimes this is the case - we will try and find someone who can. We are loosely associated with several attorneys in various practice areas in the Puget Sound area and have a global network of contacts, particularly in West Africa, South Africa, Australia, Israel, and London. We have international expertise and connections you just can't find anywhere else.
what to expect from us
We will provide a no-obligation 30 minute consultation to all new clients
We prefer to meet all new clients in person at least once, but we understand this may not always be possible.
Generally, we use an hourly rate, value added, or flat fee agreements. On occasion, when our client requests so and there is a clear recovery, we consider using a mixed contingency agreement.
Our attorneys charge an hourly rate of between $300/hr and $200/hr for litigation or commercial legal advice before any case is filed.
For a senior paralegal or junior attorney, we charge $100-175 per hour depending on the nature of the work. Administrative work is performed at the market rate.
Jeffery M. Wheat, Esq. LLB LLM
University of Washington School of Law Master of Laws - LLM
University of South Africa/Universiteit van Suid-Afrika Bachelor of Laws - LLB, Law
United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
KIYAH C.M.G. LEE, ESQ. AA BA LLB LLM
University of Washington - William H. Gates School of Law Master of Laws - LLM, Law
University of Edinburgh - Edinburgh Law School Bachelor of Laws - LLB
Todd M. Miller, Esq. BA JD
Seattle University School of Law Juris Doctor
Washington State University Bachelor of Arts - BA, Economics
Link for payments made to Wheat Legal's Operating Account here
Commercial integration, such as advance approval of invoices is available upon request. If you want to spread payments out over time we can do this, but you must notify us in advance before an invoice becomes due.
We can also provide secure file upload platforms through our app(s) and client portal located at Wheat.Legal
Business Subscription Service
Bundled Legal Services
designed for counseling, education, and "double checking" legal issues your business encounters as you navigate growth or difficult periods
Our Billing Philosophy
When it comes to billing we never take the client by surprise.
We want you - hopefully our future client - to be happy to pay our bill by the time we're finished fighting for you. Our goal is to provide the absolute best legal services and obtain the best outcomes for our clients, not to just make a quick buck and never return calls. We will use paralegals and legal assistants when possible to do routine tasks. We will forward billing statements monthly. They will contain a description of services, including the date, the person rendering the service, the amount of time involved, and a description of the task accomplished. Monthly statements will also itemize monies we have advanced on your behalf, such as service and filing fees, expert witness fees, charges for investigation, travel and accommodation, photocopies, postage, and deposition costs.
Social Media Warning
We strongly encourage you to refrain from participating in social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Skype, and the like) during the course of representation. Information found on social media websites is not private, can be discoverable, and may be potentially damaging to your interests. Understand that information shared with others be it verbally; in writing via email, text message or letter; or even posted online could lead to the loss of attorney client privilege were that information to relate in any way to the legal matter that we are handling for you. Given this, we advise you to refrain from communicating with us on any device provided by your employer or any computer, smart phone, or other device that is shared with someone else. In addition when communicating with us, do not use your work email address or a shared email account. You should only use a private email account that is password protected and only accessed from your personal smart phone or computer.
File Retention Policy Notice
During our representation of you, we will be forwarding to you copies of all pleadings, documents, correspondence, and other information that are generated or received by this firm. These copies will be for your file which we encourage you to bring to every appointment so that both of us have all necessary information in front of us. At the conclusion of representation, we will close your file and retain it for seven years. Your file will be destroyed after that time unless you instruct me in writing now or at the conclusion of representation that it is your wish to take possession of the file once our seven year retention period has expired.
Early Termination Notice
An effective working relationship is essential throughout the course of representation. Given this, should you become dissatisfied with our services at any point in time, please do not hesitate to immediately bring your concerns to our attention. Hopefully we will be able to discuss and resolve the matter. If not, you may terminate our representation at any time. In the event you elect to do so, you will remain responsible for the payment of any fees earned as well as any expenses incurred. We may terminate our representation of you only as permitted or required by law or regulation. Please be advised that after reasonable notice, your failure to pay on your financial obligations to us or make deposits when due are two such causes that will result in our terminating representation.