dixiecupdrinking wrote: bruinfan10 wrote: dixiecupdrinking wrote: Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Well then I'd just write the memo on the plane anyway, but bill it for a later time where I'm not doing anything (say, a saturday). --> Promotes inefficiency, but eh... works for me!
^so much this. how is this not TCR
Well, it's fraudulent.
I see this in almost all the billing threads. Some folks talk about how they fudge or would fudge their hours, and then other folks yell about how they're breaking the rules. How closely do clients/firms/state bars police this IRL?
Probably not closely enough to catch it in almost all cases. But you're talking about whether you'll get caught, not whether it's against the rules. And in the event they did catch you, it would be a hell of a reason to get disbarred, wouldn't it -- robbing a client for a couple thousand dollars so your billable numbers will look a little better to your bosses? There are things like metadata that a sufficiently motivated person could use to figure it out.
i'm not taking any kind of position on it, i just hear this come up a lot, and a quick google search for "billing fraud disbarment" turned up very few hits, mostly lawyers who managed to fleece clients out of like $3mill in cash or something, not so much padding their hours in biglaw.
so then i thought, well maybe the billing partners catch this and discipline lawyers internally, but that's literally never come up in the million biglaw firing threads. anyway, just asked out of curiosity, thank god i don't have to bill my time atm.