On Lawyer2Lawyer, we will celebrate the holidays by spotlighting . . . very special attorneys who are spreading some holiday cheer in some shape or form this holiday season! Attorneys and co-hosts, J. Craig Williams and Bob Ambrogi welcome . . . Attorney Lisa Solomon, Co-Founder of The Billable Hour Company, [who] talks about her one-of-a-kind gifts and greeting cards for legal professionals.
Recently I asked why dentists should get their own watch when their are plenty of other professions that deserve their own timepieces. Apparently, lawyers have their own watch as well—and surprise surprise, it is actually humorous. These "Billable Hour" watches display the time in six minute increments—the way lawyers and other professionals bill for their time. Available in three different styles as well as desk clock versions.
If you're still looking for that perfect holiday gift for the lawyer on your list, we suggest the latest offering from Marvin Soskil at Brett Harrison Jewelry Brokers in Melville . . . .
Soskil just signed an agreement with a Westchester couple, Lisa and Mark Solomon, to produce a $485, 14-karat gold luxury version of the Billable Hour watch, a[n] . . . item the Solomons, both lawyers, have been selling in $49.95 and $54.95 models for the past year.
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Soskil sees the watch as only the beginning. He's thinking about a line of tie clips, cuff links and (fittingly) money clips. He can include a corporate logo on the watch face, making them ideal for a managing partner to give junior associates . . . .
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Clients stressing you out? Your better half nagging you to come home? That pesky first-year associate making you nuts? Take out your aggressions with Slam-a-Gavel. This desktop toy is the perfect gift for any stressed-out lawyer on your list. Sort of like whack-a-mole, but sort of not, each set comes with, yes, a gavel and a set of nine wooden blocks with different stressors printed on each side of each block. Whether it’s the senior partner, the kids or the credit card bill, you’ll find a block you can take out your aggressions on. While this nifty little gift was made by a postal worker (and they know a thing or two about stress), we still think it’s the sort of thing a lawyer could love.
The name reflects the novelty of their product: watches showing time in six-minute increments, which is how many attorneys bill hourly rates . . . . The Solomons added to their business line clocks and humorous greeting cards, also aimed at attorneys.
Greeting cards are the universal gift-giving icon for any occasion, from holidays to anniversaries. However, it’s rare to find greeting cards created specifically for a certain industry such as the legal profession—until now.
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Do you live and breathe in six-minute increments? Then flaunt your six-minute lifestyle with The Billable Hour's collection of watches and desk clocks. Made by New York lawyers Lisa and Mark Solomon, these timepieces are specially crafted for lawyers by telling time on the tenth of the hour. Wear one on your wrist or put one on your desk, and you'll never have to divide by six again! Watches and desk clocks are available in several styles and colors from $49 at www.thebillablehour.com.
Finding the waning weeks of winter a little dreary? Something to make you—and your colleagues—laugh could be just the pick-me-up to put some perk back in your workday. The Billable Hour Company has launched a monthly e-newsletter that might fit the bill. Titled The Timesheet, the e-newsletter focuses on legal humor and work-life balance issues for the profession and features articles by noted author Cheryl Stephens, as well as legal humor by James M. Rose, author of The Supreme Court Jester. Interested readers can sign up at www.TheBillableHour.com to receive the newsletter via e-mail or RSS. The Billable Hour Company makes watches and clocks especially for lawyers, law students and legal professionals, with dials marked in six-minute increments (which are pretty funny on their own).
They really could only have been invented by Americans. Far more useful than a goldfish Jacuzzi, more fun than a magnetically floating fountain pen, The Billable Hour watches and clocks must be birthday nirvana for some lawyers out there . . . .
The timepieces—sold by US couple Mark and Lisa Solomon—have faces delineated not by standard five-minute sections, but by the six-minute increments used by many lawyers to break up their chargeable hours. Now you too can tell at a glance whether to interrupt that favourite client during one of their fascinating phone tales . . . or just leave them to slip over to the next unit.
Law Gazette (magazine of the Law Society of England and Wales), March 16, 2006
Announcing "The Billable Hour" Timepieces
As Thanksgiving and winter holidays approach, like me, many of you are probably scrambling to find the perfect gift for lawyer-friends and colleagues who've helped you throughout the year. This year, you don't need to waste any more billable hours looking for gifts because fellow solo Lisa Solomon and her attorney husband Mark have come up with a great idea: really elegant and reasonably priced watches and desk clocks that divide the hour into six minute increments.
It is a pleasant surprise to come across a clever new product, but it is even better to discover that the person behind it is someone you know. Such is the case with The Billable Hour, a line of watches and clocks that track time -- how else? -- in six-minute increments.
I got a hoot out of these products, and suggest them to you as holiday gifts for those lawyers on your list who have a sense of humor. They're timepieces (wrist watches and desk clocks) that divide the hour into 6-minute increments making it more convenient when billing clients. You can order one from . . . no kidding . . . The Billable Hour. Take a look. They're only $50.
....giving one to lawyers who are or could be good referral sources, that'd work. Or just as a gift to a close friend who happens to be a lawyer.
I just can't ignore two new sources of information on gifts lawyers might actually enjoy receiving. The first was brought to my attention by Lisa Solomon, an attorney who, with her husband (also a lawyer), recently launched The Billable Hour™ Company, which sells watches and desk clocks that divide the hour into six-minute increments—the same way lawyers bill their time. I just can't imagine a more relevant gift for attorneys to receive! And it's a lot less hokey than the "deadbeat client ashes" jar some credenzas sport.
Holiday Query: What do you buy the attorney who has no time for you?
It's the holiday season! It's that special time of year when partners are frantically trying to threaten, cajole, or bribe clients into paying their bills. It's that special time of the year when associates spend hours - if not days - conjuring billable hours out of whole cloth.
It's that time of year when lawyers get drunk at Christmas parties and sleep with secretaries or paralegals. It's the time when associates who prize job security make notes about, or take pictures of, temerarious partners and their Christmas-party antics.
It's the time of year when big-law widows drink too much, buy holiday presents for themselves, sleep with their personal trainer, and track down some recently divorced ex-college-beaux.
The holiday season can be stressful. That is particularly true for the widows who must find a gift their big-law-attorney spouse. Such gift buying can become a horrible experience since the widows no longer know their spouses very well, share no common interests with their spouses, the attorney-spouses have no hobbies or interests that are not law related, and in the last year the widows spent more quality time with their pedicurists than they did with their attorney-spouses.
But fear not; help is out there. Courtesy of The Billable Hour, the perfect gift for that big-firm attorney on your list is only a mouse click away[.]
For those professionals obsessed by billable hours, here is a remarkable new tool. Billable Hour Timepieces.
. . . I love fresh ideas and innovative gadgets and I have to admire the Solomons for coming up with something that is genuinely remarkable (and I bet everyone who gets one of these things shows it off to anyone who will listen).
The cost of these watches and clocks? Just a few minutes of your time!
The best lawyer gift in years comes from Billable Hour Timepieces. Instead of the normal analog or digital faces, these watches and clocks are marked off in billable hour increments of one tenth of an hour.
The company features both watches and clocks. Of course, if your lawyer primarily does personal injury work, you'll just have to wait for next year's contingency fee model.