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Directory Year: 2023

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP - Chicago, Illinois

Hours & Work Arrangements

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Is there a minimum billable hour expectation? Yes
If yes, what is the minimum? 1,900
Is billable hour credit given for pro bono work? Yes
Is there a maximum that will be credited? No
If yes, what is the maximum?
For bonus consideration, is a pro bono hour equivalent to a required hour? Yes
Hours policy details

1st Year Associate expectation--1,900 total hours, with a minimum of 1,700 billable hours and 200 hours devoted to training, development and shadowing
Associate expectation--1,900 billable hours
All other attorneys--1,800 billable hours

Recent hours history

Average annual associate hours worked in 2021 1,851
Average annual associate hours worked in 2022 1,866
Average annual associate billable hours worked in 2021 1,549
Average annual associate billable hours worked in 2022 1,566

Part-time options

Is part-time allowed? Yes
Is part-time available to entry-level? Yes
Is there a minimum percentage of full-time hours that a part-time attorney must work? No

Part-time arrangements are negotiated on a case-by-case basis, balancing firm, client and attorney needs.

Are attorneys who work part-time and exceed their agreed upon part-time hours compensated in some manner for the additional hours? Yes
Are attorneys who work part-time given bonus consideration? Yes

Number of part-time lawyers

Number of male part-time associates 0
Number of female part-time associates 1
Number of male part-time partners/members 0
Number of female part-time partners/members 1
Number of male part-time other lawyers 8
Number of female part-time other lawyers 6

Part-time policies

Do you have a written part-time policy for associates? Yes
Do you have a written part-time policy for partners? Yes
Eligibility for alternative work schedules determined by

On a case-by-case basis

Part-time advancement

What is the impact of working part-time as an associate, if any, on an associate's progression toward partner?

An associate's progression toward partner is based on their mastery of the core competencies rather than years since graduation or hours billed. Therefore, part-time associates are evaluated on the same basis as full-time associates.

Can an associate be promoted to partner while working on a part-time schedule? Yes
In the past five years, have attorneys made partner who have worked or are currently working alternative schedules with your organization? No
Can a partner work on a part-time schedule? Yes

Other alternative work options

Please describe any other alternative work arrangements:
Does your organization have a written alternative work option policy (e.g., flex-time, remote, etc.)? Yes
Does your organization have an alternative track adviser? Yes
Are attorneys who work alternative schedules given bonus consideration? Yes

Non-traditional Track Attorney Info

Does your organization have attorneys on a non-traditional track? Yes
Non-traditional track attorneys - comments

Our Non-Traditional Track includes our Counsel, Senior Counsel, and Associate Counsel attorneys.

Is there a separate point of contact at your organization for this type of position? No
If yes, please provide contact information
What title(s) does your organization use for non-traditional track attorneys? (check all that apply) Counsel|Other: Associate Counsel, Senior Counsel
Do you hire entry-level attorneys for non-traditional track positions? Yes
In which practice areas do you hire non-traditional track attorneys?


What is the minimum billable hour requirement for non-traditional track attorneys?


Please include any additional information about non-traditional track positions (including mentoring, evaluations, billable hours, training, benefits, opportunities for pro bono work, etc.)

Our Counsel Track has been very successful because we have made clear that our Counsel, Senior Counsel and Associate Counsel are as much a part of the firm as other permanent employees. They participate in training and social activities and serve on firm committees. We support their marketing endeavors and professional obligations, and many are very active in pro bono legal matters.