The Billable Hours Derby: Empirical Data on the Problems and Pressure Points

22 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2009 Last revised: 12 Nov 2009

Susan Saab Fortney

Texas A&M University School of Law

Date Written: January 14, 2005

Abstract

This article considers the consequences of law firm use of the hourly billing method and the recent increase in billable hour requirements. Part I of this article describes the rationale and methodology of an empirical study conducted in 2005 that explored attorney work-life issues and employer efforts to assist attorneys in dealing with work-life conflicts. Part II summarizes select study findings related to billable hours requirements and pressure. Part III concludes by considering what forces and players will change the current course of conduct in which law firm leaders treat increases in billable hours expectations as a necessary evil.

Keywords: law firms, attorney work-life, billable hours

JEL Classification: K19

Suggested Citation

Fortney, Susan Saab, The Billable Hours Derby: Empirical Data on the Problems and Pressure Points (January 14, 2005). Fordham Urban Law Journal, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1452872

Susan Saab Fortney (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University School of Law ( email )

1515 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
United States
817-212-3902 (Phone)

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