Just because you bill 2400-2500 and think that's "very busy," doesn't mean the rest of the country (a) agrees with you, or (b) is lying.
A couple of things. First, I can believe the 3,000+ hours a year; it's the 130-140 hour weeks I'm struggling to comprehend. Second, I don't believe that you (or anyone else in this thread) is lying. I suspect, though, that we may have some different assumptions about billing. I've had periods of sleeping just 3-4 hours a night, but I still eat dinner. I still call my SO. I still go to the bathroom. I still get coffee. I still check espn once in awhile. I still have conversations with colleagues that don't concern billing matters. I still go home and come back. (Do you really sleep at the office 7 nights in a row?) So, while I don't think you're literally lying, I am skeptical of anyone who claims to be ethically billing at 90%+ efficiency—for an entire week—during the 20 hours a day that they're awake.
On your first point, fair enough. I was in the 115-20 range a handful of times, but I admit 130-40 is a little bit tough to comprehend.
To your second point, a few responses. First, in those super busy weeks, the dep prep I'm doing on Monday will likely be more "efficiently" done than the dep prep I do on Friday. But just because I'm exhausted and it takes me longer to do work, doesn't mean that time is not billable. Nobody ever said billable = maximum efficiency. And it doesn't make you a shitty/inefficient associate; just human.
Second, those weeks did not involve a lot of time at home. While I didn't sleep at the office all 7 nights, it was usually all nighters interspersed with a stretch at home to shower, sleep, change, etc. So it averaged 3-4 hours per night, but it was usually not evenly spaced.
Lastly, while I take your point that that you did non-billable things even when you were sleeping very little, usually when I was that busy, it was because we were under very tight deadline pressure, so I don't remember perusing ESPN when the senior/partner was waiting for me to finish a motion or dep prep outline. Obviously I went to the bathroom, but I ate dinner while working, told my SO I'd be too busy to talk, etc. For weeks like that, it's pretty easy to see how you could be into 100+ territory.
5ky wrote:you are mentally defective if you don't think billing 2400-2500 hours/year is "very busy"
I mean, like 208 per month doesn't seem "very busy" to me. If those 2400-2500 are not evenly spaced, I could certainly see how stretches of the year would be "very busy", though.