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Pyramid Scheme: Contract lawyers treated like slaves for lawyer profit

There’s a new layer at the bottom of the billable hours pyramid.  The top is still occupied by partners, followed by non-partner lawyers, and then by the fairly recent paralegal and other quasi-clerical layers.  But, in the last few years, … Continue reading

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Caught In A Webb: Ferguson hires high profile lawyer to fight US DOJ reforms

High hourly rates charged by some lawyers make headlines, like this one from the Chicago Tribune:  Ferguson to pay Chicago lawyer Dan Webb $1,335 an hour to pursue reforms.  The “Ferguson” is the small, economically challenged suburb of St. Louis … Continue reading

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Strange Bedfellows: Companies complain about relationships between attorneys general and plaintiff law firms

Some states, often through their attorneys general, are entering into lucrative contingent fee contracts with plaintiff law firms who make millions of dollars by representing the rights of the state (and taxpayers), at the expense of alleged wrongdoers, but also … Continue reading

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Suspended Disbelief: Bar suspends lawyer who took $450K with OCD excuse

People have gone to jail for decades for stealing a few dollars in cash or merchandise.  So why is the Illinois Bar, after several years, just suspending the law license of a lawyer (who admits he took $69,000, or is … Continue reading

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Divorced From Reality: Divorce lawyer says you should spend more to spend less

Here are some warnings from a divorce lawyer who wants to warn you about the surprisingly high cost of divorce.  That really shouldn’t surprise anyone, unless you’ve been in a coma for a few decades or don’t use google.  One … Continue reading

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Flat World: Flat fees aren’t a legal billing panacea

The legal industry press is forever proclaiming the demise of hourly billing in favor of flat fees.  Despite all the hype, nothing has really changed:  In the part of the legal and business press catering to “biglaw,” hourly fees are … Continue reading

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Rating Your Lawyer: Setting hourly rates is an art, like collecting them

In the legal and business press, as well as the general public impression of lawyers, setting hourly rates for lawyers is thought to be a mysterious but quasi-scientific process.  Court cases would encourage you to believe that, too, with their … Continue reading

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To The Victor: State officials fight over legal spoils cloaked in secrecy

There is an entire sub-industry of private lawyers catering to federal, state, and local governments, paid directly or indirectly out of taxpayer or government money (or some other pile of cash at the disposal of government agencies, like government fees, … Continue reading

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In The Beginning: Hourly fees are relatively new for lawyers

Hourly billing for legal or any services raises all sorts of potential issues, not only with quantity, but also quality of work, staffing, and distorted incentives for the lawyer and impact on the legal system and clients.  Hourly billing is … Continue reading

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No Closure: Law firms among scammers diverting mortgage payments

Although the Great Recession is slowly fading, there are still thousands of people whose homes are subject to foreclosure.  While federal and some state governments have attempted to help, their efforts have provided a cover story for scam artists claiming … Continue reading

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