Posted On: July 7, 2009 by Ronald V. Miller, Jr.

Average Hourly Rate for Lawyers

Incisive Legal Intelligence released its 2009 Billing Rates and Practices Survey Report today giving interesting data on average lawyer billing rates:

The average hourly billing rate reported was $284. Nationally, plaintiffs' contingency litigation is the practice area with the highest average hourly billing rate ($413), followed by labor/employment ($302), general law ($295) and real estate/land use ($294). The billing rate survey data represents a sample of more than 14,000 lawyers throughout the 50 United States, drawn from responses from 255 law firms.

If I had to guess the average billing rate for attorneys nationally, this is pretty close to what I would have predicted. It would be interesting to see how much of that $284 dollars got collected in 2007 versus 2009.

If you want to buy the full report, it is available for $550. Are you kidding me? I think I've told you enough.