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Minimum Fee Requirements For New Clients?

Published on February 15, 2011

According to a post at Law Department Management, DLA Piper -- "soon to be the largest law firm in the world" -- has distributed a draft strategic plan that calls for a minimum annual billing requirement for new clients.  More after the break. (more…) ...

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Big Law in Canada Costs More Too

Published on August 3, 2010

An interesting survey conducted by the Canadian Lawyer suggests that using a large firm (more than 25 lawyers) to handle a two-day civil trial costs clients on average over twice as much as using a 5-25 attorney firm.  The survey results can be read here.  The large firm average (in Canadian dollars) was $51,875 with a high of $165,368.  The small firm average was $21,790 with a high of $36,691. ...

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Shortage Of Legal Work At Large Firms Causes Clients To Pay More

Published on May 6, 2010

An article in the DC Bar's April 2010 Washington Lawyer caught our attention.  The article is entitled "Cost and Effect:  Financial Outlook Forces Law Firms to Reexamine Billing, Head Counts, and Services."  One observation made in the article is that the shortage of legal work at large firms is leading clients to pay a higher hourly rate for routine matters because the work is being done by more senior attorneys while the lowest level associates are being laid off or not hired.  More afte...

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“The Most Oppressive Motion Ever Presented To A Superior Court”

Published on October 12, 2009

Not exactly the way you want your employment lawyer's summary judgment motion described by the court of appeals. Followers of this blog are aware of our occasional commentary on "law firm economics," namely, how large, institutional law firms manage to churn out huge profits per partner every year despite the public relations spin that they are really concerned about how much their clients are spending on legal fees.  Today we read about a California case involving a national employment law fir...

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Employers Face Increased Federal Enforcement Efforts

Published on September 9, 2009

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the hiring of 250 additional investigators to assist with wage and hour investigations.  A newly-released study suggests that the new DOL investigators will be busy.  Law.com reports here that wage and hour violations are "running rampant" in the workplace.  More after the break. (more…) ...

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