Suggested Rules for Picking Up the Lunch Tab

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When two lawyers have lunch together:

  1. If there is a significant difference in the size of the firms to which each lawyer belongs, the lawyers from the larger company should pick up the bill.
  2. If one of the lawyers works for a nonprofit and the other does not, the lawyer from the for-profit firm should pick up the bill.
  3. The lawyer should always pay for the client. However, if the client orders an inappropriately-expensive meal, go ahead and charge it to the client.
  4. Otherwise, go Dutch.

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  • If both lawyers work for non-profits, they should each bring leftovers, preferably in a brown bag, and eat in the park. Weather and time permitting, a nice ride on their bicycles (which of course they’ll have come to work on anyway) might help work off some of the notorious stress of the profession.

    • Guest

      That actually sounds a lot nicer than figuring out who is paying . . .

  • Landon Ascheman

    What happened to the Standard, the person asking picks up the check.

    • I always ignore that rule if any of the above apply. For example, if someone from a non-profit invites me to lunch, I’ll usually pay, anyway.

  • What about two lawyers from equally large law firms? Should they bring their individual W-2s to compare over dessert?

    • I think I covered that: go Dutch. Or someone can always offer. There are no rules for generosity.