Top paying US law firms: the $160k+ club

October 25, 2012 This article from Above the Law puts together a list of law firms that are paying starting salaries in excess of $160,000.

Bickel & Brewer recently raised first-year salaries from $175,000 to $185,000.

Litigation firm Boies Schiller & Flexner has an unusual compensation system that results in mega-bonuses for hard working associates. As for its starting salary, the firm pays $174,000 a year.

IP litigation boutique Desmarais recently raised starting salaries from $160,000 to $180,000 per annum.

McKool Smith pays a total compensation package of $177,500 to first-year associates: a $165,000 base salary, a $10,000 signing bonus, and a $2,500 year-end bonus.

Litigation boutique Susman & Godfrey pays a $160,000 salary along with a $5,000 signing bonus and $5,000 vacation bonus.

Wachtell Lipton pays super-sized year-end bonuses on top of a starting salary of $165,000.

Williams & Connolly doesn’t pay associate bonuses, but its starting salary is high at $180,000.


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