I was recently invited to lunch by several partners. As this was the first time I’ve been invited to lunch by someone other then my “mentor.” Being hungry, I immediately said yes. When we arrived, we waited to be joined by other attorneys from another law firm. This was a business lunch devoted to building relationships, talking shit, and getting possible insights in to future business.
One of the lawyers in the group mentioned that it was rare
for “attorneys to have lunch.” He said
he use to remember the times where, even members of the same firm, went out
together for two hour long lunches. After
catching my glare, he quickly realized that the pressures of the billable hour
were to blame. For associates, who regularly
stay until seven, that one hour lunch must now stay until eight to account for
that hour. As more law firms are being
turned into businesses, with worries about the bottom line, these pressures affect
partners as well.
If we don’t have lunch, how are we going to build those relationships, talk the shit, and get business?