Tuesday, March 26, 2013

If You Think Lawyers Unfairly Get a Bad Rap, This Won't Help Matters

You ever wonder why many regular folks have distrust for lawyers?

Well, today's New York Times details quite candidly a lawsuit over legal fees charged by DLA Piper, the "world's largest firm." Now, DLA Piper's fees and clients are in the stratosphere compared to the everyday workings of law. But, the following tidbits in emails quoted by the New York Times surely would make a legal ethics professor and should make you absolutely cringe:

"Churn that bill, baby!"

"I hear we are already 200k over our estimate -- that's Team DLA Piper!"

"That bill shall know no limits."

Now, I'm sure that this practice is not limited to DLA Piper -- if it is true as what would be gleaned from these mere provocative snippets from thousands of documents produced in the litigation. In fact it would be naive to believe otherwise.

However, its time to stop and think about what we are doing here as attorneys. News about these types of practices affect not only attorneys super-sized law firms but struggling solos, the vast majority of which charge a reasonable rate for their work.

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