Mass. lawyer crusades against the billable hour

Lenchyshyn, Ken
November 2009
Buffalo Law Journal;11/19/2009, Vol. 81 Issue 93, p1
The article reports on the opposition of attorney Jay Shepherd, owner of Shepherd Law Group, to billable-hour method in the U.S. Shepherd has adopted fixed fees after realizing that the company can do litigation on a fixed-fee basis. Moreover, Christopher Mirabile, an angel investor and former client of Shepherd, appreciates the move of Shepherd to adopt fixed-fees.


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