Another billing question, this one for the litigators: what are your go-to narratives for all of the time that gets sucked up by dealing with emails on super active cases? I’m newly assigned to a matter that actually requires task billing instead of block billing AND that has tons of email traffic that I have to read—but not necessarily act on—to stay on top of the case.

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I’m not a litigator but I spend the majority of my day in outlook so for me on these I use “review correspondence …” then describe

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“Review correspondence with [insert people] regarding [insert topic].” If you are using task billing that differentiates between types of communication (i.e. intra-firm vs. with client vs. with externals) make sure to break up the time appropriately.

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Yes!

I’m always:
Verb Noun re topic.
OR
Verb Noun or order to Verb noun.

i.e., Email to client re outcome of hearing on April 5, 2022.
Review and analyze motion to dismiss in order to draft opposition to same.
Multiple emails with client regarding revisions to declaration in support of motion for summary judgment.

I use “receive and review email from x regarding y and brief analysis of same”

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"multiple discussions with counsel for _____ regarding ____ issue"

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I second all of the above and also add a “to aid with” and tie it to a client ask/deliverable so it shows what it’s moving the needle on.

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This, or ISO/in support of, or re/regarding

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Most of my clients won’t pay for internal emails. If I’m working on something else for the case that day, I’ll divide internal e-mail time among other tasks. Otherwise, description is something like: “Strategize re [whatever is being discussed]” or “Analyze [documents/briefs being discussed].”

External emails and emails with the client are “Communications with X about Y.”

For internal correspondence, I also use review/discussion of strategy with name via email.

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