What does everyone have for billable hours?
This year has been insane. 200+ hours every month. July has been really been slow though. I’m at like 35 billable hours this month. I’m a first year in transactional and staffed on deals that haven’t picked up yet. I’m hesitant to reach out for work because I don’t want to be overwhelmed ... but I also am getting anxiety because I literally have nothing to do all day. Anyone else in this boat?
Thoughts on leaving law to become a contract manager? Small law experience. Billable hours driving me nuts. Is there growth potential in house from a contracts manager position?
About 6 months in as an associate in primarily commercial litigation. Have a feel for billable time on some matters, but certain types of motions or discovery requests I have almost no clue the “expected” time for something to be billed. Sometimes the partner will tell me an estimated time, but often they won’t. Is there a “cheat sheet” of sorts anyone has in terms of common billing times? Obviously no two are the same, but even just something to reference
Which offer would you choose? 1) $135k, 1900 billable hours, formidable and growing mid-sized firm in the city; or 2) $145k, 2000 billable hours, biglaw but not a prestigious one?
Consultants at companies that use Teams- are any of you being provided a Teams User Activity Report on a regular basis? Curious if it’s helpful at all in tracking billable hours.
How do you all track your billable hours? Want to move away from an excel sheet I manually update. Do you guys use software?
Have a counselee and utilization is below target ~5%. She was told reduce billable hours for a month which is obv when looking at time report. Ok to mention this as explanation during Y/E? (Cont)
I'm a new senior in a small advisory group and barely get work because the managers don't have work to give. I'm at like 20 billable hours a week when I'm supposed to be busy. I reach out and ask for work but those requests rarely work. What can I do?
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Am I expected to be in front of my laptop during business hours every single day or can I make an appointment or head to the gym at certain times?
For background, I’m a newly minted attorney at a small to mid-size firm with reasonable billable hours (under 2000 annually). I also get to work from home multiple days a week. There has been no mention of expectations and the turnover rate is so high, I don’t know who to ask.
I’m an IP associate (focused mainly on trademarks) in an AMLaw 200 firm (slightly below NY market pay) and I’m curious to know what IP groups (mainly trademark related practices) at V50 firms are like. My practice is relatively chill. No major fires to put out - steady and predictable 8-9 billable hours a day. I can generally not work on weekends. Am I at a unicorn shop or is this normal for Trademark practices?
Best big and mid size firms in Atlanta for real estate? When considering billable hours, comp, culture, etc. I’d appreciate hearing from anyone that generally likes their firm or has any recommendations on firms to stay away from. Considering making the move from a boutique firm as a 5th year lateral.
What approach do you prefer to take when a client thinks the billable hours on an invoice are too high, but you think they are reasonable based on the work performed/deliverables?
Does meeting your billable hour requirement ever get easier? Any tips or tricks for maximizing your billable time?
Should I be worried if I’ve been billing non-billable from time to time but consistently? I just looked my calendar and realized my non-billable days are 30+days this year so far.
Does anyone have any insight into associate pay, bonuses, min billable hours, and general work/life balance at Eversheds Sutherland LLP ?
Two of my really good friends at work have had their work dry up in the past few months (because of the Rona). I'm like two months ahead of them on hours, and they're worried about not making their minimum billable requirements.
Feel sort of guilty and try to avoid talking about hours with them. I'm just hoping the firm doesn't give them trouble...
What are the expected billable hours/revenue/analytical requirements for staff at your firm?
What would you prefer:
Job 1: 85k at small boutique firm (3 attorneys). Standard benefits but no 401k. Semi-annual raises. No billable hour requirement and regular 40 hour week. Being groomed to be a partner on a 2-3 year track.
Job 2: 135k at large regional firm (200 attorneys) good benefits. 1900 billable hours requirement. Partner track is 6-8 years but not guaranteed.
Both located in a MCOL area
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Has anyone made a move from a boutique firm to Big Law, regretted it, stuck it out, and found success? I am in the ‘regretted it’ phase, but it may be culture shock. I started as a legal assistant for a solo practitioner 11 years ago and am now an IP Paralegal. I’ve never had keep track of billable time, and I think that’s one of the biggest adjustments.
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I have experience in Tech sales both hardware and Software
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Hey I am a first year associate that started Jan and I have no work during busy season. They told me they overstaffed and now my utilization is really low. I am worried I might get fired over this.
Leaving firm for rival firm. How should I put in my notice?
1. If I put in my notice and say I'm going to a rival firm, I will likely be let go on the spot and not paid out for the holidays.
2. If I put in my notice without saying where I'm going, they will likely work me up until the holidays (no pay for holidays).
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