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Regardless of law firm size, areas of practice or years of experience, women lawyers bill at lower hourly rates than men, according to the results of a survey of solo, small- and medium-size law firms by ALM Research. The average billing rate for women was $224 per hour, compared with $245 per hour for men. The highest hourly rate for women was $269 per hour, compared with $296 among men. The survey, which included 5,058 responses, was sent to law firms with no more than 170 attorneys. The most popular practice areas among women were family law, litigation and trusts and estates. Among men, popular practice areas were litigation, real estate and general practice. The region with the largest discrepancy between male and female billing rates was the Mid-Atlantic, where women charged on average $35 per hour less than men. ALM Research and The National Law Journal are part of ALM, which is owned by Incisive Media.

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