Attorney billing rates

According to an article in, based on a survey conducted of the 250-300 largest US law firms, attorney hourly billing rates continued to rise last year. The record for the highest rate, US$1,000 per hour, went to Benjamin Civiletti, the chairman of the Venable law firm. Civiletti was the U.S. attorney general under President Jimmy Carter and specializes in internal investigations and corporate defense. That rate is the one charged for “the most extraordinary work”. The highest associate hourly billing rate, US$835 went to Dorsey & Whitney.