No more billable hours for Holland & Knight lobbyists
Starting Jan. Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Group will stop tracking billable hours for for fixed fee clients, becoming the largest national practice group to do so.
"Our number one priority is to help clients reach their goals and moving away from a distracting and burdensome system of billable hours will help our team focus more on outcomes," said Eric Eikenberg, Co-Chair of the firm's Florida Government Advocacy Team.
"Hourly billing is a practice deeply engrained in the legal profession. It actually puts law firms at a disadvantage for recruiting top talent for advocacy work though, since the idea of recording time is foreign to many non-lawyers." Eikenberg said. "Our decision to eliminate this obstacle in 2012 changes the lobbying landscape in Florida and will allow our future hires to immediately begin servicing clients in a manner that they are comfortable with, ultimately improving service to our clients."
The firm's 18-member Florida lobbying works out of eight offices focusing on Tallahassee and D.C. matters. Members include former Gov. Bob Martinez; former U.S. Reps. Jim Davis and Ron Klein; Eikenberg, former chief of staff to Charlie Crist; and Karl Koch, former Chief of Staff to Jim Davis.