Home -> Law Blog Directory -> In-House Counsel Blogs -> Law Department Management

OR PHONE (866) 635-1838 for Bankruptcy Help, (866) 635-6190 for Divorce,
(866) 635-2689 for Personal Injury or (866) 635-9402 for Criminal Defense

Find a Local Lawyer

Bankruptcy (866) 635-1838
Divorce (866) 635-6190
Personal Injury (866) 635-2689
Criminal Defense (866) 635-9402


In-House Counsel

: Law Department Management

Compare the cost of internal and external lawyers on the basis of equivalent experience

By Rees Morrison


The cost-per-hour gap between internal and external lawyers normally bandied about appears large, at 40-50 percent, but the comparison tends to be partner-heavy on the outside and less-veteran on the inside. About half the bill of most law firms for most matters consists of partner fees. After all, the law department has hired the firm for its prior work and expertise.

The inside lawyers who are responsible for the matter do not have the experience of partners at a firm, so the straight comparison of costs per hour tilts undeservedly to cast the firm as more expensive. Even a 20-year in-house lawyer may be such a generalist that on many issues, that veteran is not an equivalent match to the particular practice depth of the specialized external lawyer. Even if you compare costs after adjusting for years out of law school, however, the per-hour gap will shrink (See my post July 25, 2007: calculations for highly-paid general counsel.).

Full post as published by Law Department Management on May 21, 2009 (boomark / email).

Bloggers, promote your law blog by nominating your blog for inclusion in's Law Blog Directory and RSS Reader. Benefits described.
Related Law Blog Posts
Search Blog Directory:

Search Blog Directory:

Lawsuits and Settlements

Related Searches

US Law
#1 Online Legal Resource

Your Blog Subscriptions
Subscribe to blogs

10,000+ Law Job Listings
Lawyer . Police . Paralegal . Etc
Earn a law-related degree
Are you the author of this blog? Adding to your Blogroll increases relevance. You qualify to display a USLaw Network badge.
Suggest changes to this blog's description or nominate another for inclusion. Register for updates.

Practice Area
Zip Code:

Contact a Lawyer Now!

0.2828 secs (from cache 05/25/15 20:53:17)