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Compensation/Salary for Non-Biglaw Gigs

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:06 pm

Haven't seen a post like this so thought it might be helpful as a point of reference. For those of you practicing/with job offers that are NOT Biglaw scale, what is your: salary+bonus/firm size/billable minimum/market or size of market/practice area/years of experience? Post anon unless you feel comfortable sharing otherwise.

Salary: $80K (bonus amount unknown yet)
Firm size: <10 attorneys
Minimum: 1800 (not a hard requirement)
Market: Major market (NYC/LA/SF)
Practice area: General/commercial lit
Years of experience: 1 (2013 grad)

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Re: Compensation/Salary for Non-Biglaw Gigs

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:19 pm

Salary: $50K (Bonus amt unknown. Was told around 1/3 of billables, which would be fine by me)
Firm Size <10 attorneys
Minimimum: 1800 (includes CLE's, client lunches, etc. Not a concrete requirement)
Market: Smallish
Practice Area: Corporate/Healthcare/Real Estate
Years of Experience: 0 ('14 grad)

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Re: Compensation/Salary for Non-Biglaw Gigs

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Dec 17, 2014 6:26 pm

Salary: $36K (No bonus yet)
Firm size: <10 attorneys
Minimum: No billable requirement. Paid hourly. Part time position.
Market: Major market
Practice area: Consumer bankruptcy
Years of experience: 1 (2013 grad)

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Re: Compensation/Salary for Non-Biglaw Gigs

Postby PvblivsScipio » Wed Dec 17, 2014 8:50 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Salary: $36K (No bonus yet)
Firm size: <10 attorneys
Minimum: No billable requirement. Paid hourly. Part time position.
Market: Major market
Practice area: Consumer bankruptcy
Years of experience: 1 (2013 grad)



Oof. I worked before law school. Paralegals were getting paid roughly $34k and the attorneys about $55k.
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Re: Compensation/Salary for Non-Biglaw Gigs

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 18, 2014 8:07 am

Apologies if I shouldn't post this since this is not me personally, but I felt like someone might still appreciate the input. I knew all of the financials for the office.

Office where I worked for some time before law school. Office was 1 attorney in a branch of a firm with 6 attorneys. They had 3 offices scattered around the city.

Salary-for the attorney, not me -- $40K fixed salary plus 40% of business brought in
Firm size: 1 atty in the office, 6 in the firm all in the same general metro area
Minimum: Rarely billed hours, lots of flat fee work. Actually worked in the office approx. 9am til 6 or 7pm M-Thurs, 9 to 5 on Fri, and 9 til 2-4 on Saturday. Maybe 30%ish of each day was initial consultations with clients, i.e. pitching services
Market: City of approx. 1 million in flyover country
Practice area: Consumer bankruptcy, divorce, wills
Years of experience: ~15 years, 7 or 8 with the firm, still had Associate title




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