Unbillable Hours: A True Story

Unbillable Hours: A True Story

by Ian Graham

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692214305
Publisher: Electric Avenue Publishing
Publication date: 07/25/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Ian Graham is a lawyer and writer living in Los Angeles. After graduating from Rice University and the University of Texas Law School, he worked as an associate at the law firm of Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles. His work and that of others on behalf of Mario Rocha was featured in the award winning documentary film Mario's Story.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

1 I'm Going to Prison 1

2 Make Me an Offer 11

3 Welcome Back 31

4 Baby Sharks 41

5 Monkey Scribe 53

6 Murder in the Barrio 67

7 Dreams of Freedom 79

8 God Boxed Me In 91

9 Right to Counsel 105

10 Denied 113

11 You're Going to Save His Life 127

12 You'll Do Fine 137

13 Nice to Meet You 143

14 These Deficiencies Have Cost Me 153

15 Strike Two 169

16 As Good as It Gets 183

17 A Lengthy Process 197

18 What's This? 205

19 A Strongly Worded Decision 213

20 A Good Question 231

Postscript 239

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Unbillable Hours 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I generally read fiction, but, handed an advance copy of this book by someone whose opinion I value, I decided to give it a try. I want to thank my friend for pushing me to read it. I got pulled into the story and it's characters by the author's narrative flow and easy wit. I actually laughed out loud in many places. Graham seems so typical of many well-to-do educated but unfocused college grads who go to law school for nothing better to do and get seduced by the money into high-paying firms where they face the real grind of earning that high paycheck. By taking a pro bono case as a reprieve from corporate cases, Graham gets pulled into a situation where his head must face his heart and he has to decide where his values lie. This case changes everything and we get to witness this life-changing process. It's extremely well done and thought provoking. Hats off to everyone who was part of this story.
vpappas More than 1 year ago
Golden handcuffs sealed the deal for me, personally. Although Ian did a great job of getting my attention in the first chapter, his reference to golden handcuffs around page 50 and his sense of impending (personal) doom kept me from putting this book down. Finding purpose in one's life is not easy. No one is taught in grade school, to find, seek and create a life filled with happiness. A lucky few figure out that lesson on their own. Others never get there. Unbillable Hours certainly illustrates the numerous methodologies society uses to imprison all of us, some more literally and severely than others. The strength that both Ian and Mario possess are enviable and almost overwhelming, especially Mario's. What a great story about two very courageous individuals! I hope life continues to shine fondly upon them and their well-deserved freedom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was handed an advance copy of this book by a friend in the publishing industry and I could not put it down. This is a very moving story with unforgettable lessons learned throughout the story. I would recommend this read to anyone.
readerwriter21 More than 1 year ago
I was given an advance copy of Unbillable Hours and I couldn't put it down. It's a true story that reads like novel--part crime-and-courtroom thriller, part expose of big law firm life, part coming-of-age story of a brash young lawyer's growing a conscience when given responsibility for an unpaid, life-or-death quest for justice. And it's laugh-out-loud funny. This is a story with legs.
TBRetc on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book gave an accurate and entertaining portrayal about what it's like to be a hot shot law student, to be courted by the most reputable firms in the country, to being a first year lawyer. The main character Is given a case that he can't seem to forget. Ultimately, it reads more like a memoir than a fiction novel (likely because it is), but it's a good story and someone that likes to read law novels will enjoy this book.
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Ruby_Jacobs More than 1 year ago
As a former big firm attorney/associate, I loved this book. I loved how the author intertwined his story of working as an associate and the compelling, incredible story of Mario Rocha. Haven't enjoyed a book this much in years.
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