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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...

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...