« on: December 16, 2008, 10:12:28 AM »
I am a little confused as to what designates a firm as big law. For example, I have been looking at firms in Nashville that employ 50-100 people in an office and the overall firm size is anywhere from 300-500 people; for most of these firms, the expected billable hours is anywhere from 1800-2000 hours, and most of them start at about $100,000-$120,000 salary.
Would these be considered "big law" in the traditional sense, or is that designation more for the big city Vault 100 firms? Also, if expected billable hours is 1800-2000, how many actual hours would that translate to, approximately?