It’s About Time: Outing Attorneys on Travel Time

In its model litigation guidelines, the CLM recommends paying attorneys at only 1/2 their hourly rate for any travel time.  Many companies have either adopted this specific recommendation or pay attorneys for travel time at a reduced rate.

Not unpredictably, many attorneys have complained about the reduced compensation for travel time.  Their argument goes that if they were not traveling for the client at a reduced hourly rate, they would be in their office billing other clients at their full hourly rate.

On the surface, one would think that attorneys have a valid argument.  However, a little digging below the survey reveals that their argument is not at all valid.

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