Long day: Lawyer bills for 29-hour workday

Lindsay Jolivet
Daily Buzz

There weren't enough hours in the day for one Ohio attorney who's facing a disciplinary committee — so he added more — billing for workdays of up to 29 hours.

The Dayton Daily News reported Ben Swift, a lawyer appointed to cases for those who couldn't afford to pay for legal representation, billed the government for impossible hours that included a 29-hour workday, a 23-hour workday and a 21.5-hour workday.

The Dayton Bar Association audited Swift, discovered his lengthy workday bills, and he's now facing disciplinary action, according to the Associated Press. However, Swift's lawyer says he didn't inflate his hours; he did the work, but his record-keeping was sloppy, according to the news wire.

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The Dayton Daily News reported in 2010 that Swift was the highest paid attorney in Ohio for court appointments, billing for an average of nine hours per day, 365 days per year.

Another Ohio lawyer, Kristin Ann Stahlbush in Toledo, was suspended in 2010 for billing more than 24 hours in a day, according to the ABA Journal.

However, the award for the biggest stretch on an attorney's bill might belong to an unnamed lawyer in Florida who, according to an insurance company tracking his hours, billed for a meeting with a client that was dead, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported in 2011.