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An Investigation of the Billable Hour
Posted on 4 Oct 2012 by Building a Better Legal Profession

In 2002, Justice Steven Breyer agreed with one practitioner that "the profession's obsession with billable hours is like drinking water from a fire hose, the result is that many lawyers are starting to drown." [1] The billable hour structure... Read More

The Future of the Billable Hour
Posted on 7 Jan 2012 by Building a Better Legal Profession

"The fact that corporate law firms overwhelmingly determine the charge for their services based largely on an hourly rate multiplied by the number of hours expended is itself a puzzle which we are trying to understand in our current research."... Read More

The Conflicted Billable Hour
Posted on 8 May 2012 by Ben Jackson

Billable hours as a Source of Conflict in Law Firms Editors note: This post is the final in a series of reports on the state of the billable hour. All of this adds up to a surprisingly stark conflicts between the interests of law firms and those... Read More

More on the Future of the Billable Hour
Posted on 25 Jan 2012 by Building a Better Legal Profession

In a contemporaneous but unrelated development, researchers in management science and organizational behavior had begun to tout the value of monitoring the time spent by workers in completing various routine tasks. This theory of "scientific management"... Read More

Lawyers: Worth Their Weight In . . . Billable Time & Contingencies?
Posted on 1 May 2012 by Desiree Moore

As a law firm attorney, I was keenly aware of the negative perception of self regulated billable hours and the ever increasing billable rate. I also know that non-lawyers gasp at the idea of leaving 1/3 of any recovery money on the table in a contingency... Read More

Billable Hour Transforms the Legal Profession
Posted on 19 Apr 2012 by Ben Jackson

To say that the billable hour has transformed the legal profession is no exaggeration. Though one might quibble over whether its widespread adoption triggered or merely accelerated a sea change in the way law is practiced, its effect is undeniable. But... Read More

How Do You Profit Your Firm?
Posted on 11 Jan 2011 by Ed Poll

If Oscar Wilde's famous definition of a cynic - "someone who knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing" - is true, then many associates may need a dose of cynicism when assessing where they stand in their firms. Not the superficially... Read More

  • Blog Post: How Do You Profit Your Firm?

    If Oscar Wilde's famous definition of a cynic - "someone who knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing" - is true, then many associates may need a dose of cynicism when assessing where they stand in their firms. Not the superficially cynical "why don't they appreciate...
  • Blog Post: The Future of the Billable Hour

    "The fact that corporate law firms overwhelmingly determine the charge for their services based largely on an hourly rate multiplied by the number of hours expended is itself a puzzle which we are trying to understand in our current research." Corporate Law Firm and How Partners Split Profits...
  • Blog Post: More on the Future of the Billable Hour

    In a contemporaneous but unrelated development, researchers in management science and organizational behavior had begun to tout the value of monitoring the time spent by workers in completing various routine tasks. This theory of "scientific management" was controversial, but its chief ambassador...
  • Blog Post: Billable Hour Transforms the Legal Profession

    To say that the billable hour has transformed the legal profession is no exaggeration. Though one might quibble over whether its widespread adoption triggered or merely accelerated a sea change in the way law is practiced, its effect is undeniable. But it is good or bad? Let us consider for a moment...
  • Blog Post: Lawyers: Worth Their Weight In . . . Billable Time & Contingencies?

    As a law firm attorney, I was keenly aware of the negative perception of self regulated billable hours and the ever increasing billable rate. I also know that non-lawyers gasp at the idea of leaving 1/3 of any recovery money on the table in a contingency (non-billable) case, too. I sympathize with these...
  • Blog Post: The Conflicted Billable Hour

    Billable hours as a Source of Conflict in Law Firms Editors note: This post is the final in a series of reports on the state of the billable hour. All of this adds up to a surprisingly stark conflicts between the interests of law firms and those of their clients. On this point, attorney and author...
  • Blog Post: An Investigation of the Billable Hour

    In 2002, Justice Steven Breyer agreed with one practitioner that "the profession's obsession with billable hours is like drinking water from a fire hose, the result is that many lawyers are starting to drown." [1] The billable hour structure, prevalent at nearly every law firm, discourages...