D.C. Associate Bonuses 'Fairly Healthy' This Year

February 3, 2008 It's associate bonus season for many Washington, D.C., law firms, and the numbers are trickling in. At a few firms, D.C. associates may be getting an extra check that will top $100,000.

Hogan & Hartson Associates can make anywhere from $15,000 to $95,000. First-years in the Sidley Austin D.C. office will get $20,000 across the board for a minimum of 2,000 billable hours, according to an associate at the firm. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom gave out bonuses ranging from $35,000 to $115,000. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Associates are receiving performance-based bonuses ranging from $20,000 to $65,000. Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr is paying second-year associates $35,000 for 2,000 billable hours, and the scale goes up to $45,000 for a second-year billing 2,400 hours.

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