Question for Junior Associates, particularly from smaller firms (2-10 lawyers), Outer Suburbia office-Initial Compensation for a 2nd year associate in Family Law/ID - $80,000 salary, retirement benefit of 10% gross income paid by Firm, 75% of health (dental & vision too) insurance premium covered, bar dues, CLEs and Malpractice Insurance covered. Additional bonuses discretionary, 1250 billable hours expected - Fair or not? If not (again a firm 2-10 lawyers), why not? (DC/Baltimore Suburbs)
What is the expectation at your firms about coming into work after making your billable hours requirement? Asking especially for those who do not get a bonus per extra hour billed over the minimum.
Have you worked a reduced schedule (80 or 90% billable hours)? Any unexpected downsides? I was recruited and got a reasonable offer last week. It's the same money I currently make. Standard move is to counter with higher pay. But I decided I want more time, not more money, so my counter offer is to reduce the billable quota by 10% instead of raising the salary offer. I'm in no hurry to move so I figured the worst they can say is no, and I'm no worse off than before they called.
How do people stay motivated when they’ve already hit their billable goal (year ends Dec 31)? I still have projects piling up I can’t get myself to do.
Can anyone who works close to billing speak to the rationale behind why vacation days aren’t billed 8.0 per day, and why they don’t count toward an associate’s billable hours?
Based on the comments of many I know I’m not alone in just being weary right now and the past year. Big law litigation is just a billable hamster wheel I want to get off. I’m also done with firm politics, billable hours, and mystery comp models. But I’m a sucker for security and the “devil you know” has kept me here for years. Are lower stress law jobs a real thing in house and how do you get away from litigation if you haven’t been working hardcore on contracts?
Anyone else find it INSANE that PTO does not count towards your billable hour requirement. If you take a week off (40 hours), you’re really not getting paid time off if you have to make up all of that billable time before the end of the year. Am I missing something or is that just absurd?
Hi everyone, my firm (V100) is hiring a midlevel L&E associate for its SF office. Pay is market and billable hours requirement 2000. Please dm me if you’re interested.
Seeking some candid advice: I am relatively new to the legal community (roughly 1.5 years). I work in insurance and I first believed my frustrations/dissatisfaction involving my current role stemmed from my inability to effectively capture my time, especially when my 10-15 hour days (and long weekends) would produce minuscule results. After consulting with my external legal community, I turned my billable hours around (virtually overnight). (continues in comments)...
My law firm gives me a report that breaks down the amount of billable hours collected compared to how much I’ve been paid on a monthly basis. Does anyone else’s firm do this? At what point do you think it’s acceptable to ask for a bonus/raise?
It seems partners are much more flexible with associates who have kids than with those who don’t. If it’s okay for my colleague with a kid to leave at 5 pm and log on later, why isn’t that the same for me (no kids)? My obligations might be different, but I still have a life and want to be able to do certain things, like catch that evening workout class or cook dinner for my partner. As you can probably tell, my firm is operating 100% in person. There is no point here — I’m just whining.
I’m thankfully hitting my hours, but my firm keeps passing non-billable work my way. I am grateful for the opportunities, but this type of work always seems to find its way to the female associates at my firm. We have been told that non-billable work is irrelevant in terms of our annual hours. Any tips on how to navigate this in a thoughtful way? I want to be a team-player, but I believe that others need to step up to the plate.
Do any firms give you “billable time” equivalent for taking vacation or time off? I think it’s kinda scammy that firms offer “unlimited pto” but still expect you to meet your hours without giving any hours equivalent for that PTO time you took. In reality, you’re not really taking PAID time off because you’ll have to make up those hours at some point in the year anyway.
In your experience, how accurate has the Robert Half Salary Guide been? Small law in LCOL area. Fourth year associate trying to figure out appropriate salary range. I’ve heard the 1/3 of your billable time value as well? Any guidance appreciated.
Opportunity to pivot from Insurance Defense PI to Plaintiffs-side PI for almost 30k salary bump. If you generally like the people you currently work with would you do it? Obviously no billable hours doing Plaintiffs PI but I cant imagine their work day being any less stressful or the performance demand any less than on the defense side, especially if they are offering more money. Money is def a consideration for the move.
Can people share their thoughts on Littler? Salary/year, region, work/life balance, billable hours, firm culture, etc. Asking for a friend :)
What is the typical turn around time for submitting proposals? I have a lot of billable work I need to do but prospective clients seem to put deadlines within a couple days of the request...
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Is it true that EY is saving on travel costs by parking motor homes outside client sites? Genius!
What do you all do after work on the side? Run a blog or startup? Side businesses? Hobbies? (inspired to do more with my free time 🙌)
Do you all spend much time and money furnishing your apartment? Just moved into a new place and I'm torn. I'm never there but at the same time it'd be nice to have a cozy refuge to come home to.
After 3 years in commercial, i decided to join a federal project. everyday now feels like a vacation.
Plane lands. Turn phone off airplane mode and it's blowing up. Find out its 31 emails, most of which are JIRA updates, and no texts. FML
Yes I just came from an office Christmas party. Yes I'm wearing a Christmas suit. Yes you can take a picture. Good day.
Anyone else prefer driving to the airport over taking Uber or a cab? I love having the time just for myself first thing Monday. I'm in control, and I don't have to talk to a stranger for 30 minutes.
people tell me to date another consultant because they "get it" ... the consultants on my project cheat on their sig others. if that's "getting it" then I think I'll stay single
I trust the cracked out hobo outside my apartment more than the mute button on Skype/Lync.
9 hours laters, I've watched how to the other half lives in LGA's third world terminal. It's terrifying
Hilton or SPG?
Those difficult meetings where the client refuses to buy any of the BS we stay trying to sell 😰
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