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Ethics and Professionalism in Attorney Fees and Billing

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Classification:Billable Hours
 
Date Published:05/26/1994
 
Title:Ethics and Professionalism in Attorney Fees and Billing
 
Source:Stephen Groom /Managing Attorney/ SunTrust Banks Inc.
 
Summary:

Speech with attachment from Nashville Bar Association program.
With Clients becoming exceedingly more cynical about attorneys fees and the percieved unfairness of attorneys fees, most corporate clients attribute it to the hourly billing rate.
Groom suggests that billing hourly is inherently in conflict with client's goals and objectives and creates undue pressure on lawyers and paralegals to generate billable hours, resulting in overstaffing, excessive research,and "busy work".
Implementing alternative fee arrangements, communicating and corresponding with client, and writing bills that reflect value is the solution. 13 pages

 

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