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Culbertson v. Berryhill, 17–773

Held that the Social Security Act's 25 percent cap on attorney fees applies only to fees for court representation. The lower court erroneously applied the cap to the aggregate fees awarded for representation before both the agency and the court. Justice Thomas wrote the unanimous opinion, which resolved a circuit split regarding the fees that attorneys may charge Social Security claimants for representation. The decision relied on the plain meaning of the statute.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2019/01/08


  • Thomas


  • United States Supreme Court