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While Associate Salaries Rise to Fight Talent War, Counsel Are Asking, ‘Where’s Mine?’

Uncertainty at most firms has led some Big Law counsel to become unhappy or disgruntled. They may be working the same long hours as their firms’ associates, but, in some cases, they’re now making less than lawyers with less experience. As a result, many counsel have been reaching out to recruiters.

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This year is shaping up as a lucrative one for Big Law associates, as firms raise associate salaries to new scales set initially in January by Milbank, bumped up by Davis Polk & Wardwell, and then raised yet again by Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

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