the [non]billable hour

About this Blog

In the [non]billable hour, author Matthew Homann (a practicing attorney and mediator) shares hundreds of inventive and original ways to bring meaningful and satisfying change to the practice of law.  The blog focuses on how innovative billing strategies, creative marketing techniques, cutting-edge ideas from other industries and professions, and  proven customer service principles, can combine to revolutionize the ways lawyers serve their clients --  and enjoy their lives.

About Matthew Homann

MH_1_backdrop-web.jpg My name is Matthew W. Homann and I am a lawyer and mediator in Highland, Illinois.  Join me as I work to transform my legal and mediation practices into the job I've always dreamed of.

I graduated from Washington University School of Law in 1993 and received my undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois. I remain a licensed, practicing attorney, but devote about half of my time and energy to mediation. As a lawyer, I still maintain a "general" practice, and help people navigate the legal system. I represent individuals planning their estates, taking care of their disabled children, buying and selling their homes, and starting their dream business. I also advise many local companies coping with the many legal challenges all small businesses face.

I am married and the father of a beautiful two-year-old girl. A life-long resident of Highland, Illinois, I am active in many community organizations. I am a member and past-president of the Highland Optimist Club. I also serve on the advisory board of the Korte Recreation Center and am the chairperson of the Highland Zoning Commission.

I am an Adjunct Professor of Law at Washington University Law School in St. Louis, Missouri, where I have been teaching Pre-trial Practice and Procedure since 1998. I have been the volunteer attorney-coach for the Triad High School Mock Trial team since 1996.


If you would like to contact me, e-mail me at Homann (at) or call me on my cell phone at 618-Four Zero Seven-3241