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In the midst of a recession, big restructuring law firms such as Kirkland & Ellis and Weil, Gotshal & Manges continue charging premium billing rates—close to $2,000 per partner—months after the firms’ regular rate increases.

With another rate increase possibly right around the corner this year, some law firm and restructuring observers say they don’t expect many discount pressures or pushback on ballooning rates in bankruptcy court. But rate hikes in 2020 are not a done deal, they add.

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Samantha Stokes

Samantha Stokes, based in New York, is a staff reporter at American Lawyer covering the business of law. You can reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter: @stokessamanthaj.

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