Finding good as well as economical attorneys can be difficult, but certainly not impossible. You may think that the term “good, economical attorney” is an oxymoron.  But in my legal bill review work for corporations, I very often see examples of economical attorney who get good results.  When I do, I always take the time to...

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One influential legal commentator called it the legal profession’s “not so hidden shame.”[1] An American Bar Association president called it the intersection of “many of the profession’s contemporary woes.”[2]  And the ABA’s Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility termed it a “major contributory factor to the discouraging public opinion of the legal profession.”[3]  The...

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Does you attorney charge you full rate for when she travels?  If so, she is making more money by travelling than she would if she were working in her office. Although I feel like a magician who betrays the profession by telling how magic tricks are done, I am going to let you in on a little...

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Many law firms today are moving away from hourly billing and going to "alternative fee arrangements" in which clients pay a single fee.  While this certainly eliminate disputes over hourly billing issues, many types of alternative fee arrangements also have the potential for disputes. That is, while alternative fee arrangements seem simple, they are not always as simple...

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“Legal Secretary, a Dying Job: Positions Dwindle as Firms Cut Back; Younger Lawyers Type Their Own Briefs” Wall Street Journal, June 27, 2013 The above headline appeared in a WSJ story last year that reported on the layoffs at the Weil, Gotshal & Manges firm.  The firm announced it was cutting about 60 associates and 110 staffers, including about 60 secretaries.  The...

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According to the Comments to Rule 1.5 in the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct (6th ed.), here are some ethical “no-no’s” that lawyers can be disciplined for when it comes to billing for their services: Bill Padding Double Billing Fees for Doing Nothing Fees for Doing Very Little Doing Way Too Much Doing Remedial Work Too...

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Does deception in legal billing invariably lead to deception in other areas? The answer to that question may be “yes” according to Prof. Lisa Lehman. In her law review article, Lying to Clients, 138 U. Pa. L. Rev. 659, she writes how easy it can be for one deception to lead to others. If an attorney “accepts the...

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Recently I had an individual come to me for help sorting out a large legal bill he had incurred with a BIG law firm. Although he incurred several hundred thousand in legal fees from this BIG law firm, the firm did little to resolve his legal problems.  So the individual had gone to an attorney at a small firm who was...

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In shopping around for a new lawyer, you may have noticed that many lawyers proudly advertise that they have been awarded the "Super Lawyer" designation.  As a matter of fact, with each new listing of Super Lawyers, more and more lawyers in the U.S. are being named Super Lawyers.  In fact, it might seem that before too...

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