Affiliate Compensation Scorecard: Biglaw’s 2021 Bonus Blowout

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Agency Date Matched Minimal Hours Payout Date Cravath
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K FIRST MOVER
November 22, 2021
December 7, 2021 (particular bonuses) None December 17, 2021 Cleary
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K November 23, 2021
December 7, 2021 (particular bonus) None December 22, 2021 Boies Schiller
Market Bonuses
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Conventional Bonuses
Rev share + distinctive financial components November 23, 2021 For market bonuses: 2000-2349 hours for normal bonuses; 2350-2599 hours for extraordinary bonuses ($20K-$140K); 2600+ hours for extra-extraordinary bonuses ($30K-$150K) December 2021 Cadwalder
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K
(contains counsel) November 23, 2021
December 14, 2021 (particular bonuses) Further bonuses “equal to 120% of [market bonuses]” for prime billers with 2200 hours or extra February 2022 Fried Frank
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K November 23, 2021
December 7, 2021 (particular bonus) 2000 hours to obtain full bonus (comprised of billable hours, agency matter hours, professional bono hours (together with 20 obligatory), and qualifying non-billable hours); premium bonuses starting from $2,250 to $30K $3K to $34.5K above class-year ranges for eligible associates December 31, 2021 DLA Piper
Class of 2020: $20K
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 1, 2021
December 14, 2021 (particular bonuses) Based mostly on seniority, efficiency ranking (3, 4 or 5), and complete bonus hours (together with billable, billable equal, professional bono, shadowing, and data administration hours); incremental will increase for larger bonus hours; bonuses for “highest-rated and most efficient associates of as much as 50 p.c or extra overmarket” January 28, 2022; those that meet manufacturing hours by December 17 eligible for 50% of base market bonus payout on December 30, 2021 Cohen Ziffer
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K December 1, 2021 None (potential for bigger affiliate bonuses based mostly on “extraordinary efficiency or dedication”) December 17, 2021 Glenn Agre
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 2, 2021
December 20, 2021 (particular bonuses) None (associates eligible for “premium” bonuses based mostly on “extraordinary dedication and/or efficiency”) December 17, 2021 Holwell Shuster
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K December 2, 2021 None On or earlier than December 31, 2021 Mayer Brown
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 2, 2021
December 15, 2021 2000 hours (1900 billable, 100 non-billable) February 2022 Hogan Lovells
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 2, 2021
December 10, 2021 (particular bonus) 2000 hours (together with as much as 150 professional bono hours till associates meet 1850 hours, then limitless professional bono hours, and together with as much as 50 D&I hours, if they’ve billed a minimum of 1800 hours; bonuses “could also be adjusted upward” based mostly on “excellent contributions considerably in extra of expectations”) December 31, 2021 Baker McKenzie
Agency has dedicated to “match the prevailing scale” in its U.S. workplaces
Class of 2020: $20K
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 3, 2021
December 10, 2021 (formal announcement) 25% bonus premium at 2300+ hours, starting from $5K to $28.75K for year-end bonuses and $1K to $5.75K for particular bonuses February 11, 2022 Morrison & Foerster
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K December 3, 2021 Based mostly on billable hours (consumer service award bonuses for 2500+ hours; awards starting from 30-55% of class-year bonuses) Undisclosed Davis Polk
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K FIRST MOVER ON SPECIAL BONUS
December 6, 2021 None December 30, 2021 Paul Weiss
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 6, 2021 None December 20, 2021 Paul Hastings
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 6, 2021 2000 hours February 4, 2022 Debevoise
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 6, 2021 None December 2021 Willkie Farr
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 6, 2021 None December 30, 2021 Milbank
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2013: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2013: $23K December 6, 2021 None December 31, 2021 Skadden
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015: $105K or $115K
Class of 2014+: $115K or $125K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 7, 2021 None December 17, 2021 Simpson Thacher
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2013: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2013: $23K December 7, 2021 None December 30, 2021 Katten
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 7, 2021
December 14, 2021 (particular bonuses) 2000 hours (larger bonuses for each 100 hours over base requirement, as much as $31K-$172.5K for 2400 hours) Undisclosed Hueston Hennigan
All associates in good standing reportedly obtained bonuses on an “enhanced DPW scale” December 7, 2021 Based mostly on class yr, hours, and good standing (those that took instances to trial in 2021 obtained extra bumps) Undisclosed Proskauer
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2013: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2013: $23K December 7, 2021 None December 30, 2021 Shearman & Sterling
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2013: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2013: $23K
(contains counsel) December 7, 2021 Bonus quantities on the agency are discretionary and based mostly on efficiency December 22, 2021 Linklaters
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 7, 2021 None December 30, 2021 Norton Rose
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 8, 2021 Undisclosed (bonus scale solely applies for California, New York, Texas, and Washington, D.C. workplaces; Denver, St. Louis, and Minneapolis will probably be on a “regional” scale) January 31, 2022 Gibson Dunn
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 8, 2021 Particular bonus awarded to those that have met the agency’s productiveness targets Undisclosed O’Melveny & Myers
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 8, 2021 None February 2022 Duval & Stachenfeld
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 8, 2021 Undisclosed Undisclosed Schulte Roth & Zabel
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2012: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2012: $23K December 8, 2021 2000 hours (beneath 1600 hours, associates obtain $5K bonus; at 1600 hours, associates obtain 50% of bonus/particular bonus; step up bonuses from $2.5K to $15K for reaching 2300 hours, 2500 hours, and 2700 hours) January 24, 2022 Clifford Likelihood
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2012: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2012: $23K December 8, 2021 None (based mostly on general efficiency, high quality of labor, contributions to agency, teamwork, and professional bono) January 14, 2022 Freshfields
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 8, 2021 None (based mostly on general efficiency, high quality of labor, contributions to agency, teamwork, and professional bono) December 15, 2021 Wilkinson Stekloff
Class of 2021: $30K
Class of 2014+: $230K December 8, 2021 None December 15, 2021 Dechert
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2012: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2012: $23K December 9, 2021 1950 hours (those that hit 2200 billable hours will obtain an additional 30% above year-end bonuses; associates with 2400 billable hours will get an additional 40% above year-end bonuses) Undisclosed Weil
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+ and 3-year counsel: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 9, 2021 None January 31, 2022 Ropes & Grey
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2013+: $130K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2013+: $23K December 9, 2021 Elevated bonuses for associates who annualized above hourly goal December 23, 2021 Kaplan Hecker & Fink
Class of 2021: $25K
Class of 2014+: $150K December 9, 2021 None December 2021 Sullivan & Cromwell
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 9, 2021 None December 20, 2021 Allen & Overy
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2013: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2013: $23K December 10, 2021 None January 15, 2022 Akin Gump
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 10, 2021 1950 hours (together with with professional bono hours, basic counsel hours, enterprise improvement hours, and as much as 100 hours of time spent on recruiting, range & inclusion, and/or innovation actions) February 2022 Kramer Levin
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K
(contains counsel) December 10, 2021 Eligible associates in good standing will obtain bonuses February 15, 2022 White & Case
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2013: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2013: $23K
(contains counsel) December 10, 2021 Eligibility standards detailed in separate memo February 14, 2022 Goodwin Procter
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 10, 2021 These with 1950+ hours and a “distinctive” ranking could also be rewarded with “a most of 175%” of the bonus scale January 2022 Sidley
Class of 2020: $20K
Class of 2013+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2013+: $23K December 13, 2021 2000 hours required for base bonuses; associates with “larger productiveness and/or distinctive efficiency” will obtain extra bonuses Previous to December 31, 2021 Selendy & Homosexual
Class of 2021: $15.75K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $121.9K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 14, 2021 None (some midlevel and senior associates will obtain much more bonus cash “based mostly on a holistic evaluation of efficiency”) Undisclosed Wilson Sonsini
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 14, 2021 1950 hours January 31, 2022 WilmerHale
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 14, 2021 2000 hours January 2022 Perkins Coie
Class of 2020: $20K
Class of 2013+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2013+: $23K December 14, 2021 1950 hours; bonuses are majority lockstep, with some individualized (utilizing this scale as a base); bonuses are totally different in non-major markets (Denver and Seattle/Bellevue) with excessive/low ranges for sixth-years and above Undisclosed Pillsbury
Class of 2020: $20K
Class of 2014: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014: $23K
(contains counsel/particular counsel) December 14, 2021 Attorneys who’ve met “minimal hours thresholds” eligible for bonuses; attorneys can earn as much as an extra $50K as a part of the agency’s “tremendous bonus” program Undisclosed Orrick
Yr 1 – Fall 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Senior Affiliate Yr 2+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Yr 1: $4K
Senior Affiliate Yr 2+: $23K
(contains counsel) December 14, 2021 1950 hours (together with as much as 100 hours of a mixture of coaching, DEI, enterprise improvement, innovation, and different types of agency and self-investment; professional bono hours; as much as 40 hours of time dedicated to unplugging) Undisclosed Susman Godfrey
Class of 2019: $105K
Class of 2013: $215K
(medians) December 15, 2021 None Undisclosed Ross Aronstam
Class of 2019: $30K
Class of 2015: $105K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2019: $6K
Class of 2015: $21K December 15, 2021 None December 2021 Covington
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 15, 2021 Based mostly on hours for each year-end and particular bonuses Undisclosed Cahill
Class of 2021: $5K
Class of 2013: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2021: $2.5K
Class of 2013: $60K December 15, 2021 None On or earlier than December 31, 2021 Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer
Class of 2021: $15K
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 15, 2021 Supplemental year-end bonuses (20% of standard year-end bonus) obtainable for individuals who billed 2600 hours (2400 of which have to be billable) January 31, 2022 Sheppard Mullin
A1: $20K
C2: $115K
Particular Bonus
A1: $4K
C2: $23K December 16, 2021 1850 hours goal; 2000 hours for base bonus (associates who document 2200 and 2400 hours will obtain 110% and 120% of the market bonus) January 2022 Winston & Strawn
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014: $115K
Class of 2013+: Case by case
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014: $23K
Class of 2013+: Case by case December 16, 2021 2000 hours for market bonus (extra $2K-$25K for each hundred hours over 2000 for Class of 2017-2020; extra $4K-$30K for each hundred hours over 2000 for Class of 2016+); no hours required for particular bonus January 2022 Fenwick
Class of 2021: $15K
Tier 3: $115K
Particular Bonus
Tier 1/Degree 1: $4K
Tier 3: $23K December 17, 2021 1950 hours (“Triple R” rewards for associates who invoice 2300+ hours, starting from $10K to $30K) December 31, 2021 Kirkland & Ellis
Individualized, above-market bonuses (however much less so than typical) December 17, 2021 None Undisclosed McKool Smith
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K December 20, 2021 Undisclosed Undisclosed Kellogg Hansen
Most junior courses: “far above market”
Avg bonus for senior courses: ~$300K
Prime bonus: $400K December 20, 2021 Undisclosed Undisclosed Locke Lord
Class of 2020: $20K
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2013: $23K December 20-23, 2021 Undisclosed (Bonuses included common bonuses, fall bonuses, and COVID bonuses) Undisclosed Quinn Emanuel
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2013: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2013: $23K December 21, 2021 2000-2099 hours for bonuses starting from ~$13K-~$76K (QE will spherical as much as market if associates simply missed the 2100 cutoff); 2100-2399 hours for market bonuses; 2400-2699 hours for bonuses starting from $24K-$138K; 2700+ hours for bonuses starting from $27K-~$155K Undisclosed Vinson & Elkins
Class of 2021: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2013: $23K December 21, 2021 Based mostly on hours and good standing January 31, 2022 McDermott Will & Emery
Individualized, however “above the Cravath scale”
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2013: $23K December 21, 2021 2000 hours (for associates with 2000+ hours, bonuses on common are $40K greater than “prime” of market companies; associates in higher quartile for billables incomes, on common, $85K greater than market) Undisclosed Alston & Hen
Class of 2021: $15K
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2013: $23K December 22, 2021 2000 hours (together with as much as 150 authorised authorized professional bono hours) March 2022 Haynes & Boone
Class of 2020: $20K
Class of 2014+: $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2013: $23K December 22, 2021 2000 hours (agency makes use of a black-box bonus construction, nevertheless it appears to be a full match for all class years) Undisclosed Latham & Watkins
EOY Bonus to be introduced in January 2022
Particular Bonus
Class of 2021: $2.5K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 23, 2021 Associates eligible for particular bonus in the event that they have been at or above their hours as of November 30 (class of 2021 excepted); those that meet or exceed hourly necessities by the tip of 2021 will obtain particular bonus alongside year-end bonus in January 2022 December 30, 2021 (particular bonuses) AZA
Class of 2021: as much as $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014+: as much as $115K
Particular Bonus
Class of 2020: $4K
Class of 2014+: $23K December 23, 2021 Yr-end affiliate bonuses decided on a “bespoke foundation” (considering agency efficiency, market compensation, and the affiliate’s hours, collections, and efficiency); 2400+ hours required to earn particular bonuses December 23, 2021

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