General Counsel Keep Billable Hour Hanging On

Law360, New York (November 6, 2009, 6:43 PM EST) -- As much ink as has been spilled about alternative fee arrangements, the notion that general counsel really want to see the billable hour become extinct remains in doubt, complicating things for firms trying to figure out how to please this all-important constituency.

At the 2009 Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms For Women conference in September, the senior vice president and general counsel for Allstate Insurance Co. talked about the “schizophrenic attitude” often displayed when it comes to the billable hour.

“The inconsistency lies...
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