Jackson Lewis to Eliminate Billable Hours for Associates

, The Am Law Daily

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The labor and employment firm is taking another step toward increasing associate efficiency by getting rid of the billable hour as an evaluative tool for measuring performance and awarding bonuses.

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  • ME

    I have always said - clients need ask for a flat rate for fees and costs. Yes, costs should also be considered - you would be amazed at the excess of costs that are added to clients bills due to show-boating for some, lack of attentiveness from others, and just plain laziness of staff, and yes, even some attorneys to clear codes or remembering actual client billing codes for a particular client.

    As for associate‘s billable hours - this will significantly cut down on fraudulent billing. Fraudulent billing is more significant due to the pressure to bill a certain amount of hours - hey, when you have a partnership goal in mind - it‘s one of the unspoken perils of the job - trying to creatively sneak in a little time here and there. You would be surprised to hear that even your most trusted firm is fully aware of this. Heck, some of your most trusted top rain-makers have done this on your dime. Although they will publicly come out and condone the over-billing of associates - wink-wink - they are fully aware of it. With all the in-house resources they have - which we all know is significant - they will fight you tooth and nail to discredit a whistle-blower and keep this matter from being known.

  • Hannah

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  • -Stephen

    Kudos to the firm for taking this first big step and suggesting to the marketplace that there continues to be other, better ways of structuring fees!

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