What, in your opinion, is considered a healthy billable hours per month that is good enough and sustainable?
I particularly don't want to work in this last week of the year because I want the billable hours to count towards 2022.
Imagine a person lateraling into Big Law who has never had to do the billable hours previously. 1) What would be your best piece of advice? 2) What do you wish someone would have told you about billing when you started? 3) Is there maybe a book for someone entering the minefield on billing effectively and capturing time effectively? Thanks in advance!
Any thoughts on Phillips Lytle? If you could please provide insight on culture/billable requirements? Thank you.
Anyone else completely mail it in after giving their 2 weeks? Major senioritis for me rn. Probably had 2 billable hours today. Maybe
I need some advice, I’ve been in a newly created role within a pharma agency for about three months now and it is not going too well. There is little to no structure or direction from senior leadership, no access to client data, little to no billable work. Worst of all, no project is related to what I have been hired to do.
I would like to move on with a different agency asap, but I’m not sure how to proceed with such a short time here.
My firm’s IT (especially system saving and file locating function) is so bad 😐😞 and they keep doing updates no one asked them for just to mess with the stuff we already got a hang of without doing anything about the issues we actually need fixed. Anyone else in a similar boat? Do you bill the client for the time it takes to fix the IT issue (or IT inefficiency generally, like time taken to find a file in a convoluted system)? Or is that supposed to be our non-billable time?
Does anyone else feel anxious about recording billable hrs? This is my first agency job, and I feel anxiety/guilt if I took too long to complete something, not billable enough in a day, etc.
Are there any BCBAs here?
What's the most rewarding thing in this field for you guys? Definitely not salary, although it's just decent.
For me, it's working with parents and when they are onboard, and we see the massive progress in the kids.
Lastly, what's your ideal salary range for a 20 billable hours BCBA?
Partners/shareholders - how many hours are you expected to bill on work vs client dev and firm/associate management? My firm keeps saying that "there's no such thing as a relationship partner" and everyone top-to-bottom is expected to log 2000 hours/year on real billable work. Marketing etc is done on top of that. Is that normal?! If so, I'm going to have to totally rethink my life goals.
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?
Internal Thoughts: Being a lawyer is already stressful enough, but these BILLABLE HOURS can kiss my entire ass! Aside from going in-house can anyone recommend some other career paths in the legal field that don’t require billables? Thanks in advance 🥲
What does everyone have for 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?
When should I start to get worried that corporate is so slow? Have only billed 230 hours for the year so far and it doesn’t seem like things are picking up soon so getting nervous since my firm has a billable hours minimum requirement.
If a recruiter asks what your average billable hours are, will you ever have to show proof of this number or no?
What matters more: meeting/exceeding billable requirements or doing high quality work well above your class year?
At what point would a firm start questioning an associate’s billable hours total? Since WFH, I’ve taken on a few doc review projects to keep hours up but I feel like some clients/peers are skeptical
I was wondering if the review course “CPE Self Study Course” for the CFF was enough preparation to study and pass the CFF exam. The CFE review course was enough and like if you get a question wrong it explains it well so that when it comes up in a different way in the real exam you can still get it. But when I saw the outline for the CFF material and there seems to be a lot of topics so I was wondering if the review course was sufficient considering this exam is also multiple choice. Thanks!
How long does it normally take from verbal offer to written offer? It’s been a week and my recruiter is OOO. Do I follow up or just sit tight?
Hi I am looking for an opportunity, have work experience of 12 years in senior administrative position in handling MENA META region, work closely with senior management,currently working as Senior EA to CEO in Noida.
Curious. Do your agencies have mentorship programs in place? And how beneficial have they been for everyone?
Not over yet
What is the bonus cut off date? You need to be on the rolls as of May 31 or June 30 to get bonus?
Are there in house tax departments that feel like they have sufficient resources? I’ve felt like everything has been a fire drill for over a year. Is it like this everywhere?
yeah my pain
Got yelled at for discussing with my coworkers a former employee who routinely exercised her right to input a “keleven” within the accounting...
So. I posted this on my desk:
Tfw you should have peed before waiting in line to board, waiting for everyone to board, waiting for the plane to take off, and waiting for the fasten seatbelt sign to go off.
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How many of your firms do free consultations for Family Law Matters? We get a substantial number of calls asking for free consultations, even though we have a fairly good reputation.
Wondering if this is just a regional issue.
Hello. I’m not a lawyer. After 15 years of copywriting, content writing, UX writing, etc., I am interested in changing careers and applying to law school. It’s been on my mind for years. If anyone is willing to talk to me about their experience, esp if you went to law school after a career and are over 30, I’d really appreciate it. TIA!
I’m hoping to speak with someone you who has experience with migrant clients divorcing abusive partners. I’ve looked into VAWA eligibility and I’m concerned about the requirement that she be willing to participate in a criminal investigation. Anyone have experience with this overlap?
Finally leaving the practice of Family Law. I’ve been waiting to be able to say that since I started practicing for the last 5 years. That is all
If PC separated less than 6 months after marriage, would you aim for an annulment (not sure what the grounds for separation are) or just file for dissolution. What do you believe is the most simple solution? (there are no assets and no kids)
PC is under the impression that vets in similar situations have done this quick/easy for $500...
Well-off client not over their spouse had previous counsel that didn’t know their head from their ass. So client is micromanaging us since we substituted in. Just got an email from client: “I need you to work this case like it’s your only case.” Oh, ok. If you pay your bill like it’s your only bill.
How easy would it be to transfer to family law? Have minimal exposure as assistant before law school but have only done civil defense lit since grad.
Recommendations on billing software? We are moving away from Timeslips. Practice management software like Smokeball seems like overkill, and I need something that integrates with Quickbooks and Timeslips.
What’s a good starting salary for a newer attorney? I’ve never worked anywhere but in the public sector (even before becoming an attorney). I currently clerk for a judge and now am up to $44k as of July 1. I’m in KY. I’ve recently had a couple attorneys reach out to me about joining their practice. I’m not ready to leave my current role but I have no idea what to consider as a reasonable salary. I’ve been licensed a year and this is my first law-related job so I’m a complete newbie.
Is it important to offer support staff that speak a foreign language or is it sufficient if the attorney can communicate with the client? We had one bilingual paralegal and another who is not. The bilingual one left us some time ago.
Thus, we are left with one who can’t communicate with about 25% of our clients. And there just isn’t enough revenue to support two paralegals despite my partner pushing us to hire.
Family law associates - how long have you been practicing and what is your comp structure?
How do people deal with a really crushing, can completely, unfair loss? Filed a motion for temporary child and spousal support and the judge ordered my client to pay more than his salary. Obviously will be filing a motion to reargue and possibly an appeal. But those take forever and in the mean time I have a very upset client. It’s such a misapplication of the law and a horrendous judge but it’s hard to explain that to the client who is obviously very upset and can’t understand how this happened
Hi. I have been doing corporate transactional law and I am exploring family law as a new focus. I am looking at the Rutter Group California Practice Guide for Family Law as a guide. Any other suggested materials that are better?
18 months into a pandemic, I’m really feeling like there needs to be 24 hours—one day— where if you have a license to practice law, you’re prohibited from helping anyone. Hashtag Nero is burnt out and wanna fiddle.
What do associates coming out of matrimonial clerkship (2-3yrs) make at NYC firms their first and second years?
I just interviewed with a family law firm that also does crim and immigration as well. They pay as a commission, not salary. This is in DC and there are about 12 attorneys. First, what is a fair commission rate (35%?). Second, what salary expectations should I have?
I am planning on starting my own law practice in 2023. An area of law I would like to practice is family law (mainly to keep a stream of consistent cash flow). However, I’ve never practiced family law. Is this an area of law someone could learn rather quickly? Or is it necessary to work under and learn from experienced attorneys in that field before taking that leap?
How do your firms do payroll? This is like the 5th time in 26 months that paychecks weren’t timely deposited. Allegedly, the boss did everything right and this is something in the payroll company. But his stuff is getting crazy and everyone is out on PTO, I’m kinda like: meet minimum ethical obligations and no more. Once or twice, I understand. But this is becoming regular.
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What market? What salary?
When I was doing family law in Pittsburgh, it was minimum 1300 billable. But I also had all the contingent cases that came in. So I probably did closer to 1700 or 1800 a year if you count that time.