When assigning tasks to various levels of attorneys, there are two factors to consider. If you're strictly talking about budgeting, it's actually easier to use an average billing rate for the firm, only because it makes the budgeting simpler. Firms can generally provide that or give you some pretty good guidance. Rather than going through each task and figuring out the hours and then figuring out which attorney performed each task, you can just take the hours times an average rate. That makes life a lot simpler and it's a perfectly valid way of preparing a budget.
Some courts, although very few of them, have addressed the issue of email strings in privilege logs, so it’s important to look at the current state of the law on that topic. The trend is that each email string is looked at as [...]