Twelve Truths About Time

In early August, I’m headed to Duluth, Minnesota to speak at the Strategic Solutions for Solo and Small Firms conference. One of the presentations I’m giving is called the Twelve Truths About Time. In it, I share twelve reasons why attorneys should abandon the billable hour. Here’s the slide deck for that presentation. 

It is still in “draft” form, and I expect to tweak it a bit before I use it live, so please let me know what you think. My friend and artist/designer, M. Jason Robards, drew the clocks. We’re working next on a “Real Innovation for Real Lawyers” slide deck.  I’ll share that as soon as it is done. Thanks!

3 Responses to Twelve Truths About Time
  1. Matt Granger
    July 7, 2009 | 4:43 pm

    Some interesting points, but I’d love to know your solution. If we don’t bill by the hour how should we bill?

  2. Florencia Albert
    July 7, 2009 | 11:46 pm

    Hi Matthew:
    This is my first visit to your blog. I am very intrigued as a 14 year lawyer starting her solo practice about an alternative to billable hours. Perhaps it is because I am new to your blog, but what I find missing from your presentation slides is the alternative. If not billable hours, then what and how? How does a new solo practitioner determine what to charge for legal work?
    I poked around the blog a bit but don’t see where to find your thoughts on this. Thanks in advance.

  3. Will Geer
    July 8, 2009 | 7:36 am


    I think the presentation is great. It is crazy to think that slow and inefficient work product is rewarded in law firms across the country. Summer associates have to be careful as well. Work too fast and you’ll be out of work! I experienced that phenomena first-hand. Flat-fee billing and other alternative arrangements reward the efficient attorney. Implementing flat-fee billing in civil litigation can be difficult, but with a little ingenuity, I think it can be done with greater success than the current system.

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