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Skip task codes, try linguistic modeling on bills!

Richard A. Hall founded and is President/CEO of LexTech, Inc., a legal information consulting company. According to a post April 3, 2008 on Faikah’s Blog, Hall developed a task-based billing model built on extensive statistical analysis of hundreds of litigated civil matters. This would have been a precursor of the Uniform Task Based Billing System (UTBMS).

More interesting to me is the statement that in 1994 Hall invented linguistic modeling software which automatically reads, applies budget codes, budget codes and analyzes legal bill content. The software sounds wonderful, but I haven’t heard of such a capability in actual use (See my post of March 23, 2006: linguistic analysis software for knowledge management.). Humans have to look at bills of law firms if there is to be thoughtful review.