An Iowa criminal defense lawyer with a $2,500 minimum fee was suspended for 30 days. After two weeks and only 3.7 hours of work, the state dropped the case when federal authorities filed similar charges.

A $2,500 flat fee (or an availability retainer, for that matter) is not necessarily unreasonable, even if it only results in 3.7 hours of work. A minimum fee — meaning the lawyer wanted to bill by the hour but get at least $2,500, no matter what — is another story.