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Directory Year: 2023

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC - Firm Wide

Hours & Work Arrangements

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Is there a minimum billable hour expectation? Yes
If yes, what is the minimum? 1,850
Is billable hour credit given for pro bono work? Yes
Is there a maximum that will be credited? Yes
If yes, what is the maximum? 100
For bonus consideration, is a pro bono hour equivalent to a required hour? Yes
Hours policy details

Associates are expected to bill between 1,850 and 2,050 hours annually.

Recent hours history

Average annual associate hours worked in 2021
Average annual associate hours worked in 2022
Average annual associate billable hours worked in 2021
Average annual associate billable hours worked in 2022

Part-time options

Is part-time allowed? Yes
Is part-time available to entry-level? Case-by-case
Is there a minimum percentage of full-time hours that a part-time attorney must work? Case-by-case
Are attorneys who work part-time and exceed their agreed upon part-time hours compensated in some manner for the additional hours? Case-by-case
Are attorneys who work part-time given bonus consideration? Yes

Bonuses for associates on alternative or part-time schedules will be awarded on the same basis as awarded to other associates and the amount will be pro-rated on the same basis as the salary.

Number of part-time lawyers

Number of male part-time associates 1
Number of female part-time associates 2
Number of male part-time partners/members 0
Number of female part-time partners/members 1
Number of male part-time other lawyers 2
Number of female part-time other lawyers 9

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

Practice Chair and Executive Committee

Part-time advancement

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

Time worked on an alternative schedule will be prorated toward membership consideration.

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? Yes

The firm believes that attorneys can and will remain committed professionals while working a reduced schedule, and that such a schedule should not suspend attorneys' opportunities for professional growth, experience and career advancement.

Can a partner work on a part-time schedule? Yes

Other alternative work options

Please describe any other alternative work arrangements:

Practice Group Attorneys are hired to provide support for the ongoing business of the firm when current attorneys are unable to meet those needs. Practice Group Attorneys are generally compensated on an hourly basis and paid by the billable hour. It is expected that the Practice Group Attorney will bill an annual minimum of 1500 hours. Counsel are attorneys who are not members of the firm, but have more experience than typical associate attorneys in the law firm.

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

The firm works with individual attorneys who choose to pursue an alternative career to establish an arrangement that appeals to the attorney and satisfies practice group needs.

Is there a separate point of contact at your organization for this type of position? Yes
If yes, please provide contact information Joe Christian, [email protected]
What title(s) does your organization use for non-traditional track attorneys? (check all that apply) Counsel|Other: Practice Group Attorney, Senior Practice Group Attorney
Do you hire entry-level attorneys for non-traditional track positions? Case-by-case
In which practice areas do you hire non-traditional track attorneys?

All of our practice areas are open to hiring non-traditional track attorneys.

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

The billable hour requirement for non-traditional track attorneys is managed on a case-by-case basis.

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

Attorneys designated as non-traditional track attorneys will be eligible for benefits.