Summerz wrote:How long is it before the firm EXPECTS an associate to bring in a little rain? And what would be considered a ($) passable minimum?
depends on the firm. if you're at a big firm answer is probably never re: independent rain as an associate. but you should be a key member of one or more client teams by senior associate level
Let me add to this.
If you're at a V10 type of firm, or even V20, most of the significant clients that collectively make up something like 2/3 or 3/4 of the firm's overall revenue are institutional. DPW, for example, isn't going to really expect anyone (partner or associate) to bring in a brand "new" client like Time Warner or GE, for example.
If, and when, an opportunity like that does come up (e.g. a F500 client is looking for outside counsel that it has never worked with before), the firm will generally make the pitch as a collective and probably assemble a team to do a beauty contest, etc.
What a firm will generally expect an associate to do in terms of rainmaking is to (1) either maintain and strengthen current relationships or (2) generate additional business from existing clients. So, let's take No. 2, as an example. Let's say you've been working on a case for GM, and it's a breach of contract case. After the case is over, perhaps because you've done such a bang-up job, the GC you've been working for comes back to you for additional guidance or advice on a trademark case, and you're able to guide the GC to the right people in your firm's IP dept and they do the work. This is the kind of stuff the firm will expect out of you probably around post 4 years out of law school.