Biglaw partners: do you set boundaries with other partners who ask you to help with pitches or billable work? There’s a lot of talk from associates in this bowl about saying no when you’re at capacity, but I’m wondering if partners do the same.
Is it just me or the average billable work in infrastructure transactions has blown off steam in the last couple of weeks?
First year associate trying to decide between practice groups (CapM & M&A). One CapM partner has taken a liking to me (introduces me to clients/partners in other offices, has me assist with BD), but hasn't directly given me much billable work. Most of my work to date is with the M&A group, whom I really like to. I feel the CapM partner would be disappointed if I chose M&A, but I'm hesitant to choose CapM solely for him, when I don't get many billables through him. Anyone have any guidance?
Received a job offer. Was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on a concern I had about it. It's an entry level position, and I don't have much experience. The billables are 2040 a year. For billable hours in civil litigation and insurance defense, is 2040 hours for a 1st year associate on the high end in this field for a small or midsize firm? It seems like most attorneys I know have minimum requirements of around 1800. The compensation is around 80k a year.
Mental health is busy, looking for tips to help manage tasks, currently I supervise 12 therapists in 3 different departments that are all different with unique dynamics in each dept. I still carry a small caseload on top of this. I'm struggling with my patients and worry I am not giving them my best, I wax and wane between focusing on patients and therapists. Looking for advice navigating this type od conversation with my leadership, we have all been asked to work on increase billable time...
I use timers to keep track of my billable hours, but many senior associates and partners have told me that they just estimate their time. What’s the best method? How do you even accurately estimate?
What's a reasonable amount of billable hours for a first year? How do you adjust to not having much free time?
Trinity fish: Does anyone know if LT is scrutinizing internal hours in Q1?
For context, I heard in Q4 all non-billable hours were being sent to LT and they viewed it as 'open' hours indicating people could take on more project work
I have a question about mid-size Philadelphia law firms. Does anyone have any insight about what life is like (culture, pay, billable hours, cases, WFH, perks, etc.) as a junior partner/senior associate/of counsel in the litigation department at the following firms: Montgomery McCracken, Schnader Harrison, Stradley Ronon, Dilworth Paxson, Klehr Harrison?
It’s been a hot minute. Thai Basil Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Hoisin Sauce (Keto). My pre-covid work clothes are now loose on me. I’ll have to buy a new work wardrobe wherever that may be. I quit my job and am back in school. Goodbye tax, goodbye busy seasons, goodbye billable hours.. 😁
I heard so much about minimum billable hours here by staff. I never saw that email. Is it inly for certain groups?
What are your current billable hours and salary? Is anyone actually on a good ratio with this - would love to hear
So I have completely lost interest in my area of practice mainly because I haven’t been exposed to many matters (our team is really slow) and I am the most junior in the team. So billable work is never constant. I feel like this has impacted my interest and stagnated my growth. I am thinking of moving into a different area of practice that I’m interested in. Has anyone ever done this? I’m actually depressed and I really hate being given work now. I have ADHD. Please advise
Unpopular opinion: 2,000 hours is way too high of a benchmark to be eligible for a bonus. Unless like 300+ non-billable hours count towards it (maybe half of that be pro bono hours and the other half be diversity, recruiting, etc), 2000 is way too much.
16 weeks and so worried all of the stress I’m under is going to hurt the baby. Between work, my own scary (non-pregnancy) health stuff, the pandemic, my mom (who is a widow and lives alone, basically isolated by choice due to covid) is having health issues, and pressures to keep billable hours up, I’ve been having complete breakdowns. Today I spent almost the entire day crying and now have to make up the billable time this weekend. I really worry abt what effect this will have on the babe.
How do most people’s firms calculate billable hours for associates? In other words, what hours are counted towards your target? Do you get credit for things like CLE’s, mandatory trainings, etc.? What about pro bono work (assigned by the firm) or writing for firm publications? Or time that a billing partner writes off on paid matters? What about sick or other leave credits? Is it pretty much everyone’s experience that it’s just straight billable hours on paying clients?
How do you navigate the conversation of a client hinting at doing work over the weekend but you know it’s billable work you should be adding to your time?
Completed HR round 10 days ago but no offer or updates yet. Still.showing in process. Is the delay due to Easter holidays?
Have you ever felt burned out as a physician?
My company is looking for feedback to help physicians 2-6 years out of training to optimize life-work balance and empowerment in the workplace, which appears to be sorely lacking in the overly adopted employment model.
Highly paid employees are still employees, with little leverage to advocate for themselves, their practices, and their patients.
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Feels like everyone is fleeing account roles at traditional agencies. Where y'all going? Especially in Chicago! 🙏
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Non technical background, development experience. Mostly focused on functional solutions in previous work.
Any agencies providing interesting solutions to support parents struggling with childcare?
Should’ve asked earlier so we could’ve gone to the Luke Combs concert. Any concert music fans on here in nyc? Any country music bars y’all frequent? Good concerts coming up?
For the sole purpose of passing the time cos it’s still 4 hours to iftar and all I can think about is food let’s share recommendations on what to make this evening. I have a full fridge and freezer mA but ain’t gotta clue what to make tonight.
My eyes are always swollen and red, from drinking, crying and staring at a screen all day long. Even if I make an effort to excercise to feel better, vision gets blurry because of the strain. I'm exhausted of feeling exhausted all the time and not having even a day where I can see things clearly.. literally and metaphorically. Today has been especially bad. Just drowning in sadness for no apparent reason.
I have completed AWS sysops Administrator Associate certification and looking for a job change now having total experience of 5.5years into monitoring, troubleshooting with AWS.
Is it the right time to change ? Am scared since recision is going on.
Kindly guide me and help me on how much salary I can demand.
Interviewing for a junior role on a deal team. Part of the interview will entail a business case analysis. What should I expect and how to prepare?
Switching from Deloitte USI to SAP SDC.
Keeping money aside, wise decision?
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I am curious - I have an opposing counsel that sends provocative or incorrect emails related to our case late night (eg 11:00 pm Sunday Night, 1:00 am) and does not consider the timing (nor the content) of his emails to be inappropriate - what do you think about lawyers that send late night emails- are they indicative of incivility? Unprofessional? - how best should this behavior be handled.
Why are people so much more seemingly captivated by Wachtell than Cravath? Cravath has been #1 on Vault for a while -- does that not matter?
I aakedy legal secretary if I should reach out to her her assistance with a project she hasn't completed in a year. Her response, "do whatever you want. It's your show.". I taking this the wrong way because Iay be terminatinf the relationship. Thoughts? Thanks.
Anyone feel guilty about not asking for more work when slow in order to take a little break?
Associates that don’t wfh and work at the firm: do you keep your door open or closed? I usually keep mine closed to focus (the marketing dept is right in front of my office). Plus partners and senior associates will knock whenever they need me no matter how busy I look. Other juniors also have their doors shut. I’m asking because a partner once said that it’s best to have your door open when you’re a junior.
What memorable adjectives have you been called to your face by your senior-level colleagues (male or female), over the years?
I’ll start: too meek, crazy, high-strung, defensive (the last one accurate but not unwarranted under the circumstances, in my view 😊)
(Also: I’m still here and doing fine!)