Most law firms have an internal way of categorizing attorney efforts within a client relationship. A typical client account may be organized around an Originating Attorney, Billing Attorney and Working Attorney. Since each of these attorneys play a different role in handling matters for the client, issues sometimes arise. The issue I often encounter is how much origination credit, if any, a Billing Attorney should receive for his or her role in a client account that he or she did not originate. When faced with these decisions, firms should consider the fundamentals highlighted in the infographic below.