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Biglaw Trouble: Big client fee savings are bad for biglaw

Big savings in legal fees for big clients is really bad news for “biglaw.”  There are perhaps 50 US law firms grossing over $1 billion per year and the gross legal product, last time I checked, was a little under … Continue reading

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Human Experimentation: Lawyers may “moonlight” outside expertise

Most lawyers must have a bachelor’s degree (in any subject), plus an advanced degree from an accredited law school (usually a Juris Doctor, with some exceptions), then they must satisfy various state licensing requirements and pass a bar exam (with … Continue reading

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Year In Review: “Sophisticated” clients missing the point of legal fee review

My firm has been reviewing legal bills for over 23 years, including over $1 billion in fees from thousands of firms.  (We review both “for” and “against” the law firms — we’re on the side of the reasonable fee.)  For … Continue reading

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Fee Forfeiture: “Deceptive” legal bills backfire on lawyer in arbitration

Can a lawyer bill one or more clients twice (or more) for the same hours of work?  No.  (You can only bill each particular hour one time when you bill by the hour.  We’re not talking about doing similar work … Continue reading

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Peace Breaks Out: Litigation mega-clients give peace a chance, at lawyers’ expense

What would happen if some of the largest, most litigious clients in the country suddenly decided to settle their differences?  This isn’t a hypothetical:  It’s an actual trend.  Google and Microsoft recently settled a basket of their US and European … Continue reading

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Flying Blind: Law firms grasping analytics straws instead of self-awareness

Some law firms apparently have trouble knowing their own internal costs, typical path of their legal projects, and potential outcomes to be able to quote fees and then meet the quote. Instead of studying what they do, they just “analyze” … Continue reading

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Bad Guess: Law firm charging six times its fee estimate escapes fraud claim

We always suggest that clients request and law firms provide estimates for their legal fees and expenses.  The first estimate needs to come as part of the firm selection process, but then it needs to be updated regularly, especially when … Continue reading

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Getting To Know You: Your first step with a new client may be your last

Lawyers dealing with all sorts of clients — sophisticated or not so sophisticated — need to start the potential relationship off right.  “Playing lawyer” with a nervous or demanding client can backfire.  Being a know it all or, conversely, claiming … Continue reading

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Prix Fixe: Setting standard legal fees is illegal price fixing

While there are other stories about the acceptance of the billable hour as a de facto standard for legal billing, this is one of the more entertaining I have seen.  This is the story of how the US Supreme Court … Continue reading

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Just Say No: Sometimes it’s not worth hiring a lawyer for your legal problem

Here’s some online advice by a lawyer suggesting when you should not hire a lawyer.  Often lawyers feel compelled, by their financial interest but also by ethics rules pushing them to genuflect to the bar.  Unlike most of these self-serving … Continue reading

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