Rees Morrison, Esq., is an expert consultant to general counsel on management issues. Visit his website, ReesMorrison.com, write Rees@ReesMorrison(dot)com, or call him at 973.568.9110.
Related Posts with Thumbnails

Past Posts by Category

  • Benchmarks
  • Clients
  • Knowledge Mgt.
  • Non-Law Firm Costs
  • Outside Counsel
  • Productivity
  • Showing Value
  • Structure
  • Talent
  • Technology
  • Thinking
  • This Blog
  • Thoughts/Observations
  • Tools

  • Past Posts by Month

  • July 2012
  • June 2012
  • May 2012
  • April 2012
  • March 2012
  • February 2012
  • January 2012
  • December 2011
  • November 2011
  • October 2011
  • September 2011
  • August 2011
  • July 2011
  • June 2011
  • May 2011
  • April 2011
  • March 2011
  • February 2011
  • January 2011
  • December 2010
  • November 2010
  • October 2010
  • September 2010
  • August 2010
  • July 2010
  • June 2010
  • May 2010
  • April 2010
  • March 2010
  • February 2010
  • January 2010
  • December 2009
  • November 2009
  • October 2009
  • September 2009
  • August 2009
  • July 2009
  • June 2009
  • May 2009
  • April 2009
  • March 2009
  • February 2009
  • January 2009
  • December 2008
  • November 2008
  • October 2008
  • September 2008
  • August 2008
  • July 2008
  • June 2008
  • May 2008
  • April 2008
  • March 2008
  • February 2008
  • January 2008
  • December 2007
  • November 2007
  • October 2007
  • September 2007
  • August 2007
  • July 2007
  • June 2007
  • May 2007
  • April 2007
  • March 2007
  • February 2007
  • January 2007
  • December 2006
  • November 2006
  • October 2006
  • September 2006
  • August 2006
  • July 2006
  • June 2006
  • May 2006
  • April 2006
  • March 2006
  • February 2006
  • January 2006
  • December 2005
  • November 2005
  • October 2005
  • September 2005
  • August 2005
  • July 2005
  • June 2005
  • May 2005
  • April 2005
  • March 2005
  • February 2005



































  • Technorati Profile Creative Commons License This blog is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.

    « If an associate leaves, should the law firm absorb all costs of replacement? | Main | To drive down law-firm costs, rubber must meet the road (incentives for individual lawyers) »

    Law firms and charges to prepare bills -- is it ever appropriate?

    Under the model rules of conduct, it is normally inappropriate for a law firm to allow its timekeepers to charge clients for time they put into preparing bills (See John W. Toothman and William G. Ross, Legal Fees: Law and Management 44 (2003) and its citation to Restatement (Third) The Law Governing Lawyers, Sec. 38(3)(a)). Billing is an administrative necessity of a firm, a cost of business covered by billing rates, not a valued service to the client, and may not be charged. As Toothman and Ross put it, “The distinction should be made between efforts to manage or run the law firm and those that are professional services rendered to the client.”

    My question arises where the billing demands are extraordinary and spill over into analysis. Say if the law department demands that lawyers complete detailed, customized task codes, provide fulsome descriptions of what they did, sort the bills by two or three different criteria, break out all disbursements in detail, match current spending to budget, gussy it up with graphs and trend lines and statistics, and project spending in the coming months, would that abuse this proscription?

    Posted on May 24, 2006 at 07:22 AM in Outside Counsel | Permalink

    TrackBack

    TrackBack URL for this entry:
    http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d834519fb069e200d8348d18a653ef

    Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Law firms and charges to prepare bills -- is it ever appropriate?:

    Comments

    Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

    If I receive a bill where the only line item is "Conversation with in-house counsel regarding billing", I file it directly into the trash bin.

    Posted by: anon | May 25, 2006 8:59:39 AM

    The comments to this entry are closed.