High 10 Biglaw Agency ‘Matches’ On Raises… Sort Of… However Not But

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money dollar question markIt wasn’t way back that we puzzled why extra Biglaw companies hadn’t introduced raises but. Milbank launched its new wage scale greater than two weeks in the past, and whereas fairly just a few companies have matched, the majority of Biglaw administration committees appear to be sitting on their palms, leaving associates squirming. As the vast majority of companies proceed to watch the market to see the place compensation is headed, this prime 10 Biglaw agency has dedicated to a match — however not but, and the wage scale the agency is matching isn’t but clear.

On Friday afternoon, Morgan Lewis — a agency that introduced in $2,446,000,000 gross income in 2020, rating it at No. 7 in the newest Am Regulation 100 — introduced a match. Type of. Type of.

In a firmwide voicemail, associates have been notified that whereas Morgan Lewis stays dedicated to offering prime compensation, the agency’s “choice and follow is all the time to make adjustments in a relaxed, deliberative, and beneficiant method, reasonably than in a reflexive and reactionary manner.” As such, the agency will award associates with salaries in keeping with regardless of the prevailing market charge is on March 31, 2022, of their first April paycheck. Any backpay that’s owed to associates can be made up with a “bonus” at the moment.

Sure, you learn that accurately. April. Morgan Lewis is ready till April to formally make a match as a result of agency management isn’t positive how these raises will shake out and so they’re ready for the market to settle.

Reactions from associates have been combined. Whereas some are completely happy {that a} elevate is coming down the road sooner or later, others are downright dissatisfied that they’ve to attend till April, and much more are confused about why their delayed wage true-ups are being known as a “bonus.”

Will this transfer by Morgan Lewis encourage both Davis Polk or Cravath to make a transfer on salaries? Maybe, however in all probability not. Within the meantime, associates at MLB are left to marvel how precisely they’ll be compensated come April. It stinks that you need to wait, however pre-congratulations, everybody.

Bear in mind everybody, we rely in your tricks to keep on prime of these things. So when your agency matches, please textual content us (646-820-8477) or electronic mail us (topic line: “[Firm Name] Matches”). Please embody the memo if out there. You’ll be able to take a photograph of the memo and ship it by way of textual content or electronic mail if you happen to don’t wish to ahead the unique PDF or Phrase file.

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Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Regulation, the place she’s labored since 2011. She’d love to listen to from you, so please be at liberty to electronic mail her with any suggestions, questions, feedback, or critiques. You’ll be able to observe her on Twitter or join together with her on LinkedIn.


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