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Curious about how many hours plaintiffs litigation attorneys work on average per week. I’m a defense attorney and billable hours don’t make for the best work life balance. Thanks in advance.

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I hate how there's such a stigma that surrounds being a lawyer... It's like we are all on each other about how many hours we work--meanwhile we are the most depressed and desperate work force there is. Plaintiffs lawyers working on contingency are making more money the less hours they log.

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This is way more than I was expecting for plaintiffs attorneys. My defense friends always joke about how much our plaintiff friends don’t like to work. My buddy is a plaintiffs lawyer and leaves the office at 3 every day. Most succinct writer you’ll ever meet. He really brings meaning to the term “lifestyle attorney”

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50-60 for me depending on what deadlines we have.

I second this. Also depends on what type of cases and at what stage. Securities lit is pretty rhythmic if nit in discovery, other lit can be unpredictable.

Roughly 60 hours a week when not in trial or up against discovery deadline.

40-50 hours a week on average. Sometimes more depending on what’s going on.

Actually insurance defense is more 9 to 5. I am plaintiff attorney and although I don't have billables my partner does give a review every month and expects us to at least do 30 hrs a week. This may seem a little but more often then not we are hitting higher billables and working all hours of the day becuase we are dealing with real people and not companies. And I ditto what the previous attorneys mentioned about when trial comes on average its upwards of 80 hrs a week. Dont get me wrong, there are some weeks I am lucky to do 10 hrs but that rarely happens becuase we have so much work at the firm. Also it depends on what types of plaintiff work you do.

I’ve done both and maintained a 9-5 approach in both fields. Sometimes you need to do a little extra (prep a client for an EBT/trial) but sometimes you leave slightly early. Work life balance (if there is such a thing)

70. The truth is lots of plaintiffs attorneys glide by and make a comfortable (or even more than comfortable) living. But the really successful ones put in the hours.

40-45

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