Here is an example of how attorney fee cases lead to a plethora of work, trouble, litigation, and a very slim chnace of making any money. Attorney represents client in California case. Client does not pay $ 4000 in legal fees. Attorney sues client for $ 4000. Client has a NY attorney friend, who will defend him, but needs to be admitted pro haec vice. Why the client needed a NY attorney to come to California is unclear. Client will not be deposed until NY attorney comes to California, and his case is dismissed. Attorney sues for malicious prosecution, and client counters with an anti-SLAPP suit, which here is undefined. SLAPP is a California statute which allows dismissal of retalitory lawsuits.
Now clients loses the anti-SLAPP. How much work and risk has gone on for this original $ 4000? Read the article.