by Daniel DeWoskin
Before you begin this article, I should tell you that it could be a gigantic book. Instead, I will keep it to a length certain not to take you more time to read than it would take me to get my four year old dressed and buckled in for the daily ride to school. For those of you who truly live your professional lives by the billable hour, I can only imagine the havoc that a child’s sense and understanding of time must bring into your life. Along with all the wonders and joys and all of that other stuff. The good stuff, I mean.
I, myself, have never practiced in such a way that the billable hour has controlled my schedule. Sure, I have billable hours, but many of my cases are contingency based or flat rate. This gave me a little bit of an edge when my kids came along and suddenly my schedule was, well, totally obliterated. You see, for all the social and professional events I have to make, and all the client appointments, late nights working, weekend meetings, and other round the clock stuff so many of us attorneys do, I have always made certain that my priorities are straight.