Billable Hours

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    Biglaw, Billable Hours, In-House Counsel, Money

    Inside Straight: What Really Is Billable?

    Which tasks are properly billable to the client, and which tasks are not? In-house columnist Mark Herrmann, who has been on both the law firm and in-house sides, spots some issues.

    16 Comments / / Nov 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM
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    Billable Hours, Boutique Law Firms, Partner Issues, Small Law Firms

    From Biglaw to Boutique: Artificial Deadlines

    My friend Pablo told me that when Monica, a partner, called his home at 9:00 p.m., he knew it couldn’t be good. Why not email? For an instant, he considered letting the call go to voicemail. Taking a deep breath, he answered. Monica wanted to know “where he was” with the brief Pablo had been […]

    24 Comments / / Oct 25, 2012 at 4:21 PM
  • Tebowing®

    Biglaw, Billable Hours, California, Department of Justice, Federal Judges, Football, In-House Counsel, Law Schools, LSAT, Money, Morning Docket, Trademarks

    Morning Docket: 10.22.12

    * “You’re paying a partner $800 to $1,000 an hour and they’re charging you because they ordered sushi.” In-house counsel are paying more attention to their bills, and they’re refusing to pay for things like photocopies and food. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * According to litigators, who are the ten most notable federal district court judges to watch? Three come from S.D.N.Y., but one from N.D. Cal. captured our hearts this summer when she asked counsel for Apple if he was “smoking crack.” [American Lawyer]

    * A guide for law students with disabilities says: “If you are thinking that you’re a shoe-in for LSAT accommodations since you had accommodations in undergrad, think again.” But thanks to these suits, LSAC’s policies may soon be changing. [National Law Journal]

    * Seeing as there are only nine law schools in Illinois, and given the abysmal job market for new law grads, it’s clear the state needs a tenth school. Say hello to Bradley University College of Law. [Peoria Journal Star]

    * Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow trademarked “Tebowing.” Yes, seriously. But don’t worry, he didn’t do it to make money, he just wants to “control how it’s used, make sure it’s used in the right way.” [Washington Post]

    0 Comments / / Oct 22, 2012 at 9:12 AM
  • Lance Armstrong

    Billable Hours, Drugs, Sports

    Sports, Spaw, Lorts: Lance Armstrong Exposed!!!

    What is the latest in terms of Lance Armstrong’s legal woes? Plus a round-up of other athletes in legal hot water.

    4 Comments / / Oct 19, 2012 at 12:43 PM
  • billable hours tied to chair

    Biglaw, Billable Hours, Boutique Law Firms, Small Law Firms, Technology

    From Biglaw to Boutique: Face Time

    Small-firm columnist Tom Wallerstein opines on the expectations of putting in “face time” at law firms big and small.

    32 Comments / / Oct 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM
  • American Airlines: something bankrupt in the air.

    Airplanes / Aviation, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Harvey Miller, Legal Fee Voyeurism, Money, Partner Issues

    Legal Fee Voyeurism: American Airlines’s Big-Time Bankruptcy Bills

    How much are American Airlines’s advisors seeking to be paid for their work in the mega-bankruptcy case? Enough to buy a Gulfstream jet, or two….

    8 Comments / / Oct 12, 2012 at 2:03 PM
  • cheating

    2nd Circuit, Abortion, Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Election 2012, Gay, Job Searches, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Lesbians, Morning Docket, Religion, Southern New England School of Law/Umass, Suicide

    Morning Docket: 10.08.12

    * Should Biglaw firms bill by the result instead of by the hour? When some of the results-oriented strategies involve reading less and writing faster to improve work efficiency, we’re not sure how well this would work in a law firm setting. [New York Times]

    * Roller coaster of employment: after losing 1,400 jobs in August, the legal sector added 1,000 jobs in September. Alas, there are way more than 1,000 new bar admittees gunning for all of those paralegal and secretarial positions. [Am Law Daily]

    * “They were throwing furniture at both of us.” Both sides on the Jacoby & Myers non-lawyer firm ownership case took a beating before the Second Circuit during oral arguments, but who won? [New York Law Journal]

    * Come November, Floridians will vote on constitutional amendments that deal with abortion and separation of church and state. Meanwhile, half the voters won’t even read the entire ballot, so there’s that. [New York Times]

    * A love triangle + an Arkansas Wal-Mart = a judicial suspension for Circuit Judge Sam Pope after an all-out brawl with… Bill Murray? Hey, at least this guy’s estranged wife got three punches in. [National Law Journal]

    * Tyler Clementi’s family won’t file suit against Rutgers University and Dharun Ravi — instead, they’ll use the publicity from their son Tyler’s suicide for “positive purposes,” like supporting gay and lesbian youths. [CNN]

    * “This guy is a bully, and he uses the court system to do it.” Robert V. Ward Jr., the former dean of UMass Law, had to deal with Gregory Langadinos, a serial law school litigant, and it wasn’t exactly pretty. [Boston Globe]

    11 Comments / / Oct 8, 2012 at 9:19 AM
  • dartboard pen on target inside straight

    Biglaw, Billable Hours, In-House Counsel, Partner Issues

    Inside Straight: How To Drive Outside Counsel Nuts!

    In-house lawyers: do you engage in any of these annoying behaviors, which are guaranteed to drive outside counsel crazy?

    19 Comments / / Sep 20, 2012 at 11:04 AM
  • buying in small

    Biglaw, Billable Hours, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Partner Issues

    Buying In: On the Inside

    The Anonymous Partner discusses such topics as the billable hour and cross-selling — with a former senior partner of a Biglaw firm and former general counsel of a major corporation.

    19 Comments / / Aug 14, 2012 at 10:11 AM
  • Approved method for drinking in public.

    Bankruptcy, Benchslaps, Billable Hours, California, Drugs, Morning Docket, Ridiculousness, Sam Sparks, Sexism, Sports, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 07.11.12

    * Following yesterday’s hearing, Kleiner Perkins may be able to get a second bite at the proverbial apple after a judge tentatively denied the firm’s bid to arbitrate Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination suit. [The Recorder; Bits / New York Times]

    * Ogletree Deakins has allegedly got 99 299 problems, and a b*tch ain’t one billing errors are all of ‘em. Arizona’s Maricopa County wants a refund, and it plans to debar the firm from additional work for the next three years. [ABA Journal]

    * Not everything’s bigger in Texas: attorneys for Lance Armstrong have refiled a shorter version of his lawsuit against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after suffering a brutal benchslap at the hands of Judge Sam Sparks. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Screw your ban on non-lawyer investors, we’ll expand anyway! Jacoby & Meyers merged with Chicago’s Macey Bankruptcy Law to create a 300-attorney adventure in awful lawyer advertising. [National Law Journal]

    * The bell has not yet tolled for Florida lawyer Frank Louderback, who will now be able to attend the 32nd Annual Ernest Hemingway Look-alike Contest thanks to his client’s last minute guilty plea. [Tampa Bay Times]

    * “I don’t care what the law says, you’re getting a summons.” Sorry, officer, but you don’t mess with a Brooklyn Law student’s booze, because he’ll challenge New York’s open-container law. [City Room / New York Times]

    4 Comments / / Jul 11, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • happy sperm

    Bankruptcy, Benchslaps, Biglaw, Billable Hours, California, Celebrities, Defamation, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Drugs, FDA, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Pro Se Litigants, Sam Sparks, Sports

    Morning Docket: 07.10.12

    * Dewey know how many professional firms have been allowed to stay on as advisers for the largest law firm bankruptcy in U.S. history? Six out of nine firms were permitted to continue services, but Proskauer wasn’t one of them. [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    * In other defunct firm news, Al Togut will be presenting Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former partners with a proposed settlement on Wednesday. You’ve been warned: prepare yourselves for some Biglaw-style bitching. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Despite reports of the billable hour going the way of the dodo bird, it looks like they’re here to stay. Right now, corporate law departments are still much more excited about alternative billing arrangements than law firms. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Judge Sam Sparks, the King of Benchslaps, dismissed Lance Armstrong’s lawsuit against the USADA in record time. That ruling came too quickly — guess it’s time to investigate judicial doping. [New York Times]

    * Marc Dreier’s son, Spencer Dreier, is representing himself pro se in a defamation suit against his former college roommate. Looks like Daddy couldn’t spring for his kid’s lawyer while he was in the clink. [Bloomberg]

    * A California woman claims that the Food and Drug Administration’s methods regarding sperm donations are unconstitutional. Why should she have to go to an intermediary to get sperminated? [Huffington Post]

    * Do you smell what The Rock is cooking? It’s not exactly something to be proud of. Actor Dwayne Johnson is listed as a “co-conspirator” in a $1.8M fraud lawsuit that’s been filed by a South Florida family. [NBC Miami]

    10 Comments / / Jul 10, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • fast-and-furious

    Billable Hours, Eric Holder, Google / Search Engines, Health Care / Medicine, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, YouTube

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.20.12

    * Hyper-competitive weekend warrior kills himself racing down a mountain path and his family is suing the internet start-up that makes an app that allows you to track your time against other users. Is anybody making an app to track really stupid lawsuits filed by bereaved family members who receive terrible legal advice during times of crisis? [Not-So Private Parts / Forbes]

    * The Fast and the Furious Legal Edition: Executive of Privilege. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Bringing the billable hour to social media seems likely to make me cry. [Legal Cheek]

    * Former SCOTUS clerks think the individual mandate is done for. [Wonkblog / Washington Post]

    * Google threatens to bring the hammer down on YouTube to mp3 converter. [Torrent Freak]

    * Maybe this is the kind of alcohol you can buy with prestige points. [Urban Daddy]

    * The companies who will own the president if Romney wins. [USAToday]

    2 Comments / / Jun 20, 2012 at 6:31 PM
  • Dewey LeBoeuf logo large

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Dissolution, JPMorgan Chase, Money, Partner Issues, S.D.N.Y., Vicious Infighting

    Dewey Have Some Pretty Expensive Bankruptcy Advisers? How Much Do They Charge?

    How much are Dewey’s bankruptcy lawyers and other advisers charging? And what else is going on in this epic law firm bankruptcy?

    10 Comments / / Jun 19, 2012 at 6:32 PM
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    Biglaw, Billable Hours, Lexis-Nexis, LexisNexis / Lexis-Nexis, Small Law Firms, Wall Street Journal

    Size Matters: Billing Sucks, But Small-Firm Lawyers Need To Do It Better

    While billing is an awful experience, small-firm attorneys need to do it better, according to columnist Valerie Katz.

    13 Comments / / Jun 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM
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    Associate Advice, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Boutique Law Firms, Small Law Firms

    From Biglaw to Boutique: You Are Not Your Hours

    You are a unique individual, with special attributes. You are not your billable hours.

    35 Comments / / Jun 14, 2012 at 4:38 PM
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    Biglaw, Billable Hours, Money, Partner Issues, Reader Polls

    The Hours Results: A Return To Normalcy

    How are associates’ billable hours looking for 2012 up to this point? Partners may be pleased by these results.

    13 Comments / / Jun 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM
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    Biglaw, Billable Hours, Money, Reader Polls

    Associate Hours Open Thread: Did Your Puny Bonuses Result In A Work Slowdown?

    How many hours are you on track to bill in 2012? Let us know — and see where your peers are.

    28 Comments / / Jun 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM
  • QE's Kathleen Sullivan as Lawyer Barbie

    9th Circuit, Bankruptcy, Baseball, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Brown Rudnick, California, Copyright, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Football, Gay Marriage, Health Care / Medicine, Insider Trading, Kasowitz Benson, Kathleen Sullivan, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.05.12

    * Dewey know the firms that have been tapped to represent the groups that this failed firm owes money to? Yes, we do! Brown Rudnick for the unsecured creditors’ committee, and Kasowitz Benson for the former D&L partners. [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    * The Ninth Circuit is supposed to be issuing an order today regarding an en banc reconsideration request on the Prop 8 case. They really ought to slap a big fat denial on that motherf’er and call it a day so we get some SCOTUS action. [Poliglot / Metro Weekly]

    * Matthew Kluger, most recently of Fried Frank, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison, which is the longest sentence that anyone’s ever received in an insider trading case. Uh yeah, he’ll definitely be appealing. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Hughes Hubbard & Reed has billed more than $17M in the first four months of its work on MF Global’s unwinding. Will the firm will be handing out spring “special” bonuses like they did last year? [Reuters]

    * Mattel is appealing MGA’s $310M copyright award, claiming that the judgment was based on “erroneous billing invoices.” Don’t you call my billable hours into question, Kathleen Sullivan. [National Law Journal]

    * Jerry Sandusky’s accusers will be named in court thanks to this judge’s ruling. But don’t worry — there’s no tweeting, texting, or emailing allowed in his courtroom. Like that’ll make a difference. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * Trust me, I’m a lawyer: a disbarred Colorado attorney somehow managed to scam a convicted con artist out of more than $1 million. Now that’s some pretty sweet karmic intervention for you. [Missouri Lawyers Media]

    * A bus driver is suing a hospital because he claims that instead of treating his painful erection, the staff watched a baseball game on TV. Whatever, that was a really great Yankees game. [Associated Press]

    2 Comments / / Jun 5, 2012 at 9:03 AM