Friday, January 30, 2009

Legal Spend Management Is News Fit to Print

Alternatives to the billable hour, long a "holy grail" topic among legal thought leadership, has gone mainstream. Take a look at the New York Times article entitled Billable Hours Giving Ground at Law Firms. In the piece, our newest champion of alternative fee arrangements, Evan Chesler of the esteemed law firm Cravath Swain & Moore, as well as other luminaries of the profession, lay out the basic argument against the billable hour. I would be very interested to know how much of Cravath's revenue is based on the billable hour and what, if any, specific plans the firm has to offer value billing alternatives. That, to me, would truly be news fit to print.

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