FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about The Kaiser Law Firm PLLC.

If you have a question that isn’t on this list, or you’d like to talk about your case, please use the contact form on the right or call us at (202) 640-2850.

What experience do you have with white-collar cases?

We have significant experience representing people in federal court who have been charged with a crime or who are appealing a federal conviction or a federal sentence. Matt Kaiser has represented people charged with a broad range of white-collar crimes, from securities fraud, wire fraud, and bank fraud, to export violations and tax offenses.

What experience do you have with investigations?

We have significant experience representing individuals and corporations being investigated by the government, particularly when the investigation relates to potential criminal charges. The lawyers at The Kaiser Law Firm PLLC has represented government contractors federal employees, and others who have been a subject, target, or witness in a government investigation. We have also represented executives in Securities and Exchange Commission investigations.

We have represented clients under investigation by the Department of Justice, United States Attorneys’ Offices, numerous Inspector General Offices, the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secret Service, and other federal law enforcement agencies.

What experience do you have with commercial litigation?

The attorneys at The Kaiser Law Firm PLLC have represented companies in a wide variety of business lawsuits. Rebecca LeGrand has represented accounting firms, law firms, corporate executives, and pharmaceutical companies in commercial litigation in federal state courts throughout the country. Matt Kaiser has represented clients in civil cases alleging a wide variety of claims relating to business dissolutions and commercial fraud.

Rebecca and Matt are alumni of some of the nation’s most prestigious law firms, and they offer the same quality of representation – at a significantly reduced hourly rate. Rebecca and Matt also have significant courtroom experience – a rare commodity among attorneys with the same large law firm pedigree.

The Kaiser Law Firm PLLC is prepared to go the distance with its commercial litigation clients. We are unafraid to take a case to trial if it is in the best interest of the client to do so. With our rate structure, going the distance shouldn’t put you out of business along the way.

Can you tell me what’s going to happen if I am involved in a white-collar criminal case?

Unfortunately, no. Criminal cases are inherently risky, and white-collar cases are perhaps more unpredictable. There are no guarantees about what result you’ll get. That said, if we represent you then we guarantee that we will do everything in our professional ability to help you. These are serious cases and they present serious problems – you deserve nothing less.

How much will my case cost?

It depends. The cost of a case depends on how complex the case is. If the facts are straightforward and the law is clear the case will be less expensive than if the facts are complex and the law is still developing. A few of the factors that drive the cost of a case up or down are: the number of documents that will have to be looked at and understood; the number of witnesses who will need to be interviewed; whether an expert will have to be hired to help with the case (for example, by recovering data on a computer or a phone); and how much writing the case will require.

It is completely reasonable for you to ask us to provide a sense of how expensive your case will be at the outset, however.

How do you handle fees and billing?

We generally bill by the hour. When someone first hires us, we ask for an initial retainer. We put that retainer in the law firm’s trust account to be held in escrow. At the end of each month, we will send you a statement telling you how much time we’ve spent on your case, what we’ve done, and what the fees total. We will then use the funds held in trust to pay for the legal work, and we will ask that you deposit the amount of the fees reflected in the monthly statement into the trust account so that the amount in escrow will return to the initial retainer amount.

What kind of retainer will you require for my case?

The size of the retainer depends on the amount of work that it appears the case will need and whether the case is already in court (if a case is already in court, it will require a larger retainer).

To give you a sense, it’s rare that we ask for a retainer of less than $5,000 for an investigation, or $15,000 for a case that’s already in court.

What happens to the money in your trust account when the case is over?

We’ll send any money that the firm hasn’t earned back to you. In the same way, if you hire The Kaiser Law Firm then change your mind, we’ll refund any unearned money that is in the firm’s trust account, regardless of whether you paid by credit card, check, or cash.

The only exception to that is if we have already told a court that we represent you. If we’ve entered an appearance on your behalf in a criminal case, then we can only stop being your lawyer if the court gives us permission. If the court gives us permission, we’ll refund any unearned fees at that point.

How do I get to your office?

Our office is on K Street, near Farragut Square, about two blocks from the White House. We’re a block from both the Farragut North and Farragut West metro stations, so you can get to us on the Metro’s Red, Orange, and Blue lines.

If you’re driving, please click here to find directions using Google maps.

Is there parking near your office?

Our office is in downtown D.C. Parking is not the easiest thing to find. There are a number of garages near our office. On street parking is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.