One of the most important considerations for any attorney is attorney fees: whether obtaining them or making sure that one does not have to pay them. This Article is a guide on how to navigate these important considerations. Specifically, this Article is a guide to practitioners and the judiciary on the general topic of attorney fees, the American rule, and the exceptions thereto. The first part of this Article examines the foundational principles of the American rule: i.e., that each party is responsible for their own attorney fees. The second part of this Article examines the myriad of exceptions to the American rule. This Section specifically addresses all of the exceptions that have emerged in the jurisprudence as well as the rules and statutory provisions that allow for the award of attorney fees, in spite of the American rule.