So, this is probably a dumbass question, but I've never worked at a civil firm before. I know that every hour you're present is not a billable hour, but what constitutes acceptable billing? I'm sure talking on the phone with a client is billable, as is drafting a motion. But what about reading previous motions and briefs to get caught up on a case? Is that billable?
I've read that every billable hour is about 1.75 actual hours, so where does that extra 45 minutes per hour go? If I spend from 10:00 - 11:00 reading case motions and trial transcripts and do it for a solid hour, is that an hour I can bill?
I don't actually have to bill much, if any, at my firm. I'm just curious in general.
If it was related to a case and you honestly did the work, including background research u mentioned, bill it. It is the partners job to decide what to pass thru and what to write off. If you don't bill it and you're wrong (aka client would have paid), you wasted your time AND you looked unproductive.
Don't get ahead of your pay grade. You do it, you bill it.