Anonymous User wrote:I guess I have a random (also anecdotal) contribution to make. Someone I know hired D&S for a simple copyright matter and they sent him a bill in the middle of the application process. One of the lines in the bill charged my acquaintance $39.50 for the .1 hour that it took a partner to check the status of the copyright.
D&S charged partner rates for checking the status of a copyright application.
Here's a list of people that D&S might have been able to get to check on the process:
1. An associate
2. A paralegal
3. An administrative assistant
4. Anyone else who's not a partner
I'm not some crazy anti-D&S troll (braces self), but charging a partner's rate for an almost valueless service speaks to the professionalism of at least one partner at that firm. While this might have been an isolated incident, it might speak to how different members of the firm handle client matters and how that handling might shadily rip clients off pretty blatantly.
I have no interest/ stake in Dinsmore and don't know a lot about the firm. However, I would say that charging .1 for that service shows that they are actually on top of their billing. It's usually the firm that charges 10K for 13 hours of "legal research" that you have to watch out for. I've worked for purveyors of legal services who appreciate a thorough breakdown. Sure, someone may complain that that's not efficient, but I'm sure the partner would explain or reduce the bill if they complained. Perhaps he just quickly did it himself because he needed the information immediately to finish his project, who knows. In my opinion, the administrative assistants and the secretaries who handle billing entries and cutting checks complain about this and that little charge, but typically the general counsel or whomever is making the real decisions appreciate a thorough breakdown of costs. In the real world, partners frequently charge for things that that someone else could be doing. What's $39.50 in comparison to the total bill. Sounds like the "someone you know" is a cheap ass.