Kill Bill(able Hours)
Critics of the billable hour are not hard to find. Many complain that it promotes inefficiency and makes pricing of legal services unpredictable over the life of a particular case or project. Also, some consumers of legal services will tell you that, even within a community, there is significant disparity between hourly rates among comparably experienced and capable attorneys. Alternative billing arrangement are available for the asking from many law offices, including this one. This is a recognition of the economic needs of clients and corporate philosophies like that of Pfizer, which now conducts 70 percent of its legal work through non-hourly arrangements with 17 preferred firms. “We determine a fixed fee at the beginning of the calendar year to be paid out in equal monthly installments,” according to the chief counsel of the Pfizer Legal Alliance, Ellen Rosenthal. According to the ABA JOURNAL, others who have complained about “sky high” fees have praised “small U.S. firms for their inherent cost containment.” The services of this small law office are predicated on providing reasonably priced, personalized legal support informed by 28 years of legal experience, practice before Courts at most every level, great breadth of subject matter familiarity, and a commitment to non-hourly billing alternatives in appropriate cases. Please feel free to contact us to discuss.