Aquatic Consulting Services

Download 2014 Fee Schedule (PDF format, 60KB) Updated January 2014.

2014 Fee Schedule

Retainer Fee $3,000.00 To be paid prior to starting work for a new client, or on a new case. The first 10.5 hours of services provided @ $295.00 per hour, will be deducted from the retainer. An invoice for services and expenses will be sent on a regular monthly basis.No refund will be made if services rendered are less than the $3,000.00 retainer fee.
Regular Hourly Fee $295.00 / hour
Travel Time $147.50 / hour  Half the regular hourly fee
Maximum Daily Rate $2,360.00 / day
Expenses Cost Hotel charges are to be prepaid by the client.Cost of business or first class air travel is to be prepaid prior to the start of travel.If hotel or air travel costs are not pre paid by the client, a 10% service charge will apply.Rental car, postage, international long distance phone charges (if any), photocopy charges, meals, taxis, ferries, parking, and miscellaneous travel expenses will be billed at the conclusion of the trip.
Deposition $1,125.00+ $375.00 / hour Flat rate of $1,125.00 is to be paid at the beginning of a deposition. This fee covers a maximum of 3 hours and includes any time spent giving testimony, waiting, or for
time taken for recesses or breaks.An additional $375.00 per hour is to be paid at the conclusion of the deposition, on the day of the deposition, for each additional hour beyond the 3 hour minimum.A minimum $500.00 fee may be charged to for any deposition,  arbitration, mediation or trial testimony cancelled or rescheduled with less than 72 hours notice.If the opposing attorney does not pay the fee in full on the day of the deposition, fees will be billed to the retaining clientʼs law firm.
Stand-by On-call Fees $100.00 / day Stand-by fee per day when placed on 24 hour notice for out-of-town jobs, deposition or trial testimony
Arbitration, Mediation or Court Appearances $1,125.00
+ $375.00 / hour
All outstanding fees, travel expenses, plus a flat rate of $1,125.00 are to be paid at least 3 days prior to the day of trial, mediation or arbitration testimony. This fee covers a maximum of 3 hours and includes any time spent giving testimony, waiting, or for time taken for recesses or breaks.An additional $375.00 per hour will be billed at the conclusion of the arbitration, mediation or trial, for each additional hour beyond the 3 hour minimum, and will be included in the final invoice.A minimum $500.00 fee may be charged to for any arbitration, mediation or trial testimony cancelled or rescheduled with less than 72 hours notice.
Emergency Services Rate x 1.5 Quoted fees are for work performed during normal working hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm PST or PDST.For emergency assistance, jobs which must be completed over the weekend, or consulting outside of normal working hours, 1.5 rates will apply.
Subcontractor Work Fee + 15% Testing, rental of specialized equipment, and professional services requiring the hiring of a subcontractor will be charged at cost plus 15%
Reduced Rates $250.00 / hour or $2,000.00 / day Reduced rates may be extended to 501 c 3 non profit agencies, where on-going consulting projects generate at least 15 hours of charges per month for a minimum of 3 months, or where the maximum daily rate is applied for a
minimum of 7 consecutive days.
Auto Mileage $0.45 / mile
Digital Photographs $0.39/ photo
Software Duplication $1.00 / CD
Photocopies $0.15 / page

2014 Terms:

Payment is due upon receipt of invoice. Bills shall be considered delinquent if unpaid for more than 30
days after their issuance. Interest shall accrue and a monthly finance charge of 2% will be applied to the
outstanding balance after 30 days. This late charge is applicable to the unpaid balance as of the due date.

Clients are asked to provide valid credit card information. If payment is not received within 60 days of
receipt of invoice, the outstanding charges will be billed to the credit card.

Non-payment / Breach: If credit card information has not been provided, and payment becomes 60 days
past due, all work on the project will stop until payment plus another retainer of $3,000.00 is received. All
future work will then be billed against a retainer at the current yearʼs rates.

Payment for services billed at reduced rates is due within 21 days of receipt of invoice, or standard rates
will be applied.

Fees must be paid promptly and in full regardless of a third partyʼs failure to pay the client, opinions
expressed, or outcome of litigation. All agreements are between Aquatic Consulting Services and the
contracting client whose signature is affixed to this document – not a third party, co counsel, or insurance
company, per this written fee schedule.

All contracts or agreements with Aquatic Consulting Services are entered into in the judicial district of
Avalon, California (Los Angeles County). If it is necessary to file a claim in order to collect on outstanding
charges, any legal proceedings will be brought in the California jurisdiction closest to where Alison Osinski
resides and Aquatic Consulting Services offices are located. Client submits to such jurisdiction and
waives any objection to venue and / or claim of inconvenient forum.

Any interest, penalties, reasonable attorney fees, time spent, Small Claims Court filing fees, collection
agency fees, or other costs incurred by Aquatic Consulting Services in an attempt to collect on past due
accounts will be added to the total amount owed by the client.

This agreement between Aquatic Consulting Services (Alison Osinski, Ph.D.) and the client listed below
will serve as a binding contract.

I am authorized to sign into an agreement and fiscally obligate my firm, company or organization, and have
read the attached fee schedule and terms, and agree to the fees, terms and conditions.

 

Client Signature _____________________________________ Date ___________________

Name (Print) ________________________________________________________________________

Firm, Company or Organization _________________________________________________________

Address ___________________________________________________________________________

City ________________________________ State ________ Zipcode _____________________

Phone __________________________________ Fax ___________________________________

E-mail __________________________________

Credit Card Authorization (Circle one):       Visa        Master Card       American Express

Name on Credit Card (Print) ____________________________________________________________

Credit Card Number

Expiration Date (Month and Year) ________ / ________ CRV (Security Code) _______