Date of publication: 2017.03.14

Revision history:

Revision Date: Summary of Changes:
2020.07.07 (1) Removal of introductory material; (2) General editing; (3) Addition of “Recent News” sub-section; (4) Added requirements.

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Monthly Billable Hours: 
Attorneys: 150 hours per month.
Litigation support staff: 30 hours per month.

"Billable hour" defined: (1) A unit of time for which charges are earned on the basis of time spent, work completed, value conferred to a client and agreed to by the client, as influenced by the effort and experience of the lawyer, the results obtained and the reasonableness and necessity of the time spent. (2) Billable hours do not include time that is wasted, time that is spent on unnecessary actions or excessive time spent on tasks performed inefficiently. (3) Billable hours can include time spent on efforts that are ultimately unsuccessful.

The key to evaluating whether time spent on a matter is fairly billable requires good judgment and a keen awareness of client expectations, as influenced by the lawyer's communications both before and after the work is performed.