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'Location, location, location! If we had law offices on Mars, we would have twice as many billable hours a day.'
"It started when he read about how the hourly rate some lawyers are charging..."
"That is correct, I work by the hour."
"Well, yes...my hourly rate might seem a bit exorbitant...but, hey... you ain't my first rodeo."
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'In order to have a chance with the Chinese contract we had to slash your hourly rates.'
'I know I'm your father, but I'm also your attorney and these father-son talks are considered billable hours.'
"That's it? £175 for 'Life's a bowl of cherries, don't take it serious,it's too mysterious'."
"I donate to your space research hoping you find a lower wage work force."
'I only make $8 an hour, but fortunately, since they cut my hours, the job doesn't take up much of my time.'
"Well, I'll be darned...the world didn't end after all."
"I can either charge you a large flat fee, or I can tinker on an hourly basis."
"Now tell me your legal problem very slowly, with every detail, no matter how irrelevant. Feel free to digress, babble and, especially, backtrack."
'Do you believe in free speech?'
'My rate's two hundred an hour; sure why not?'
'£300 an hour. You're trying to keep me crazy for as long as possible, aren't you?'
'Tell you what I'll do, Mrs. Farthingwaste...'
'Aaah! All haltered and ready for me!...
'Of course I always listen to you! As my wife, you'll even get a discount on my hourly rate!'
"Great idea - 75 minute clock for our hourly employees!"
'I know I'm late again... but I'm not sure the £5.50 an hour you pay me will stretch to running a 4X4.'
My definition of 'quality time?'...charging $500 per hour.
"Not all lawyers are blatant money grabbers, Mr. Parfitt, but I am."
"That $36 is for the wrong number you dialed. It belongs to a lawyer."