The defendant's fees are being paid by the defendant. Plaintiff's fees are typically paid by the plaintiff. In some cases such as civil rights or whistleblower cases the court can order the defendant to pay the plaintiff's fees. The court will make this determination after the plaintiff wins
the case based upon a court verdict
or decision awarding a judgment or relief against the defendant.
In your case you are resolving the case by settlement. When a settlement agreement is reached the agreement will usually allocate how the parties attorneys are to be paid. It may not detail the amounts to be paid. But it will state if the defendant is responsible for paying the defendant's attorney.
Again if your want to resolve the issue of attorneys fees prior to signing the settlement agreement. You should try negotiate the amounts to be paid to your current and previous attorney prior to settling the case. If you reach an acceptable agreement then put that in writing and settle the case.
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