Originally Posted by DNW
Even if you're giving up your life by billing 2,200+ hours/year
Hahaha... yeah, sorry, this isn't even up there, I know a guy who bille over 3300 two years ago and is routinely in the 2800-3000 range. 2200 at biglaw is like "nice work, here's your bonus" but you're not playing on the "my life is work" field yet, in spite of having to work a few late nights a week.
Originally Posted by crazyquik
Firms that grew in the late '90s and '00s by acquiring middle market, midlaw firms to increase their regional footprint (Baker McKenzie, K&L Gates, and tons more) will face increased pressure to get away from a highly leveraged employment model, which is how they drive partner profits. The partners at DLA Piper Orlando will just have to take a smaller share. Compensation models should go back to how they were when these midlaw firms were acquired.
There are a couple of firms up here, not to name names, that have engaged in the same strategically questionable practices and grown because of it, but the infrastructure of the firm is, by all accounts, pretty demented as a result. A relatively large amount of dead weight still being carried / entrenched and a "who were you before the merge" sort of attitude that I could detect even during the extended interview process. Not the best work environment, imo.