In law: Associate(s) or summer associate(s) included on reimbursement forms for lunch expenses
who were not actually present at lunch on the day in question. Utilized for the purpose of evading per diem caps on
lunch expenses while consuming gratuitous amounts of food and wine.
Summer associate (SA
): (picking up phone) Hello?
Associate (A): Did you go to lunch today?
SA: Yeah, need a phantom
A: Badly, we went all out at Dorsia
this afternoon and I'm way over the budget.
SA: Hmmm. You can always use Zach. No one ever invites him to lunch.
A: Of course! He's the ideal phantom.