You're so billable to me.
A recent example is provided by Matthew Farmer of the Chicago firm of Holland & Knight, LLP. He accused the firm's billing partner of having inflated the bill to his client, Pinnacle Corp., for which he had won a major case. When the firm failed to act on his accusation, he resigned and left for another firm, even though it meant taking a reduction in pay.
A law professor named William Ross has conducted a study of over-billing. He tells The Wall Street Journal's Nathan Koppel that two-thirds of the attorneys he surveyed reported knowledge of bill padding. How's a client to know, he asked, "whether an attorney spent three hours doing research instead of five hours?"
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|Title Annotation:||Tilting at Windmills; law firms|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2006|
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