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As lawyers, we judge one another based on our billable rates. The amount of money a client is willing to pay for our time not only affects how other lawyers view us, it affects how we perceive ourselves. It's a little twisted.
Most BigLaw practitioners accept billable hours at the standard by which lawyers are paid. Accordingly, lawyers spend hours each year refining their days into six-minute increments to quantify their work to clients. Even with that miniscule unit of measure, attorneys are forced to choose between billing tiny tasks and short phone calls for a full six minutes, or giving away their time and falling behind their billable hours. Once the initial months of post-law school idealism pass, most choose to bill the time.
Think your corporate clients don't notice that they are billed for a full six minutes when your phone conversation lasted only three minutes? Think again.
There are, however, alternatives to the standard billable hour:
The most important factor in evaluating billable hour alternatives? Striking a balance that meets both the attorney's and the client's needs.