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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

Postby longtimelurker123 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:28 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Boies. Same idea as ppl who choose Wachtell, but litigation.


I'd argue that Susman is closer to Wachtell than Boies.

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:35 pm

Anonymous User wrote:continued to "thrive" in that they are going up in Vault.


Off-topic but as someone that participated in the Vault survey, I just lol at people that give the Vault national rankings any meaning.

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:38 am

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Anonymous User wrote:continued to "thrive" in that they are going up in Vault.


Off-topic but as someone that participated in the Vault survey, I just lol at people that give the Vault national rankings any meaning.


I know. Hence the quotation marks. But their financials remain solid and they have done well in other “rankings”, which is equally dumb, I know. Just saying that in 13 people literally said constantly, including here, that they were the next Dewey. It was ubiquitous.

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:41 am

longtimelurker123 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Boies. Same idea as ppl who choose Wachtell, but litigation.


I'd argue that Susman is closer to Wachtell than Boies.


it's often hard to compare corporate and lit practices as we're doing here. Boies and Susman are both tops for lit, both way out of my league.

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:26 pm

Wachtell even for lit. They have a phenomenal litigation practice and they get paid the same as corp.

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

Postby gaddockteeg » Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:00 pm

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longtimelurker123 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Boies. Same idea as ppl who choose Wachtell, but litigation.


I'd argue that Susman is closer to Wachtell than Boies.


it's often hard to compare corporate and lit practices as we're doing here. Boies and Susman are both tops for lit, both way out of my league.


Agree with both posters. But I think Boies compensation is fairly close to market except for small exceptions whereas Susman folks get "market shattering" bonuses more across the board.

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:47 pm

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longtimelurker123 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Boies. Same idea as ppl who choose Wachtell, but litigation.


I'd argue that Susman is closer to Wachtell than Boies.


it's often hard to compare corporate and lit practices as we're doing here. Boies and Susman are both tops for lit, both way out of my league.


Agree with both posters. But I think Boies compensation is fairly close to market except for small exceptions whereas Susman folks get "market shattering" bonuses more across the board.


No way Boies pays more than market in ‘small exceptions.’I have a few friends who are juniors there who make wayyyy more than me (I make market). Have heard same from other friends re their pay.

Susman $$ is next level. If you’re working with the firms that pay above market in NYC it becomes a pretty individual decision, which is why those firms names are popping up here.

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:20 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Wachtell even for lit. They have a phenomenal litigation practice and they get paid the same as corp.


I would not want to be an associate in litigation at Wachtell. The teams are hierarchical and there are barely any stand up opportunities for paying clients until senior partnership. Wachtell doesn’t have the bandwidth to take on the sorts of smaller commercial matters that give lawyers at e.g. Munger and Williams & Connolly terrific opportunities. Frankly, regardless of comp, I wouldn’t want to be a litigation associate at any corporate-focused firm.

Boies and Susman are definitely preferred. But at all these firms, your QOL is miserable. The point of this thread is not “where do I get paid the most.” That’s dumb.

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:25 pm

I'd go to one of the prestigious personal injury firms discussed in the other thread. Sounds pretty great. Likely close to biglaw money, no billing, and being in court/depositions all the time.

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

Postby gaddockteeg » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:33 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
gaddockteeg wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
longtimelurker123 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Boies. Same idea as ppl who choose Wachtell, but litigation.


I'd argue that Susman is closer to Wachtell than Boies.


it's often hard to compare corporate and lit practices as we're doing here. Boies and Susman are both tops for lit, both way out of my league.


Agree with both posters. But I think Boies compensation is fairly close to market except for small exceptions whereas Susman folks get "market shattering" bonuses more across the board.


No way Boies pays more than market in ‘small exceptions.’I have a few friends who are juniors there who make wayyyy more than me (I make market). Have heard same from other friends re their pay.

Susman $$ is next level. If you’re working with the firms that pay above market in NYC it becomes a pretty individual decision, which is why those firms names are popping up here.


I think if you read the abovethelaw (or maybe chambers?) article on Boies, it says that juniors do get paid more but that it levels out to market by 5th year.

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:38 pm

gaddockteeg wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
gaddockteeg wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
longtimelurker123 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Boies. Same idea as ppl who choose Wachtell, but litigation.


I'd argue that Susman is closer to Wachtell than Boies.


it's often hard to compare corporate and lit practices as we're doing here. Boies and Susman are both tops for lit, both way out of my league.


Agree with both posters. But I think Boies compensation is fairly close to market except for small exceptions whereas Susman folks get "market shattering" bonuses more across the board.


No way Boies pays more than market in ‘small exceptions.’I have a few friends who are juniors there who make wayyyy more than me (I make market). Have heard same from other friends re their pay.

Susman $$ is next level. If you’re working with the firms that pay above market in NYC it becomes a pretty individual decision, which is why those firms names are popping up here.


I think if you read the abovethelaw (or maybe chambers?) article on Boies, it says that juniors do get paid more but that it levels out to market by 5th year.


If you really read the article, what it actually says is that a mediocre biller (2000 hours) will make above market as a junior and level out or be $5-10k below as a senior. But I'd be shocked if there were many 5th or 6th years at Boies billing under 2100 hours (at which point they are above market again).

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:40 pm

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gaddockteeg wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
longtimelurker123 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Boies. Same idea as ppl who choose Wachtell, but litigation.


I'd argue that Susman is closer to Wachtell than Boies.


it's often hard to compare corporate and lit practices as we're doing here. Boies and Susman are both tops for lit, both way out of my league.


Agree with both posters. But I think Boies compensation is fairly close to market except for small exceptions whereas Susman folks get "market shattering" bonuses more across the board.


No way Boies pays more than market in ‘small exceptions.’I have a few friends who are juniors there who make wayyyy more than me (I make market). Have heard same from other friends re their pay.

Susman $$ is next level. If you’re working with the firms that pay above market in NYC it becomes a pretty individual decision, which is why those firms names are popping up here.


Susman clerkship bonuses are next level. Susman end year bonuses are comparable to Boies and less than Wachtell. Susman (NY) is also even more competitive than Wachtell and Boies; they hire maybe 3-4 people each year, all off ridiculous clerkships.

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:47 pm

Anonymous User wrote:No way Boies pays more than market in ‘small exceptions.’I have a few friends who are juniors there who make wayyyy more than me (I make market). Have heard same from other friends re their pay.

Susman $$ is next level. If you’re working with the firms that pay above market in NYC it becomes a pretty individual decision, which is why those firms names are popping up here.


I've heard this as well.

Anonymous User wrote:If you really read the article, what it actually says is that a mediocre biller (2000 hours) will make above market as a junior and level out or be $5-10k below as a senior. But I'd be shocked if there were many 5th or 6th years at Boies billing under 2100 hours (at which point they are above market again).


I'd echo this, too. Even for this modest claim, the article was pretty thinly sourced. I wouldn't worry about compensation at Boies.

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

Postby gaddockteeg » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:06 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
gaddockteeg wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
gaddockteeg wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
longtimelurker123 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Boies. Same idea as ppl who choose Wachtell, but litigation.


I'd argue that Susman is closer to Wachtell than Boies.


it's often hard to compare corporate and lit practices as we're doing here. Boies and Susman are both tops for lit, both way out of my league.


Agree with both posters. But I think Boies compensation is fairly close to market except for small exceptions whereas Susman folks get "market shattering" bonuses more across the board.


No way Boies pays more than market in ‘small exceptions.’I have a few friends who are juniors there who make wayyyy more than me (I make market). Have heard same from other friends re their pay.

Susman $$ is next level. If you’re working with the firms that pay above market in NYC it becomes a pretty individual decision, which is why those firms names are popping up here.


I think if you read the abovethelaw (or maybe chambers?) article on Boies, it says that juniors do get paid more but that it levels out to market by 5th year.


If you really read the article, what it actually says is that a mediocre biller (2000 hours) will make above market as a junior and level out or be $5-10k below as a senior. But I'd be shocked if there were many 5th or 6th years at Boies billing under 2100 hours (at which point they are above market again).


Yeah but compare that to Susman and Wachtell: those guys are making 2X market for bonuses...

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

Postby AppraisalWaisal » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:09 pm

Buckley Sandler in DC. 1800 billable hours and above-market comp.

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:51 pm

AppraisalWaisal wrote:Buckley Sandler in DC. 1800 billable hours and above-market comp.


Actually, since salaries went up last year, Buckley is "only" at-market now. Still only 1800 billables though which is pretty sweet.

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

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gaddockteeg wrote:
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No way Boies pays more than market in ‘small exceptions.’I have a few friends who are juniors there who make wayyyy more than me (I make market). Have heard same from other friends re their pay.

Susman $$ is next level. If you’re working with the firms that pay above market in NYC it becomes a pretty individual decision, which is why those firms names are popping up here.


I think if you read the abovethelaw (or maybe chambers?) article on Boies, it says that juniors do get paid more but that it levels out to market by 5th year.


If you really read the article, what it actually says is that a mediocre biller (2000 hours) will make above market as a junior and level out or be $5-10k below as a senior. But I'd be shocked if there were many 5th or 6th years at Boies billing under 2100 hours (at which point they are above market again).


Yeah but compare that to Susman and Wachtell: those guys are making 2X market for bonuses...


Again, this is not accurate. At Wachtell, your bonus is massive and outpaces the market many times over, up to and including 100% of your base pay. At Susman, you can expect a 2X market bonus, which is comparable to what you get as an average biller at Boies.

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

Postby jd20132013 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:03 pm

I thought wachtell didn't do 100 percent bonuses anymore

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:30 am

Cravath, for 3 years. Then, anywhere else.

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

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jd20132013 wrote:I thought wachtell didn't do 100 percent bonuses anymore


From what I understand they went down to as low as 40% of base after 2008, but they've been back to ~100% bonuses for a few years now. I'd love to be corrected if anyone has firsthand knowledge.

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

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longtimelurker123 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Boies. Same idea as ppl who choose Wachtell, but litigation.


I'd argue that Susman is closer to Wachtell than Boies.


it's often hard to compare corporate and lit practices as we're doing here. Boies and Susman are both tops for lit, both way out of my league.


Munger Tolles?

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

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Anonymous User wrote:Cravath, for 3 years. Then, anywhere else.


Just curious. What would you plan to do after the 3 years?

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

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Anonymous User wrote:Wachtell even for lit. They have a phenomenal litigation practice and they get paid the same as corp.


I would not want to be an associate in litigation at Wachtell. The teams are hierarchical and there are barely any stand up opportunities for paying clients until senior partnership. Wachtell doesn’t have the bandwidth to take on the sorts of smaller commercial matters that give lawyers at e.g. Munger and Williams & Connolly terrific opportunities. Frankly, regardless of comp, I wouldn’t want to be a litigation associate at any corporate-focused firm.

Boies and Susman are definitely preferred. But at all these firms, your QOL is miserable. The point of this thread is not “where do I get paid the most.” That’s dumb.



I was a wachtell lit associate, the first part of your post isn't true. Most Wachtell teams are 2-3 associates and 1-2 partners. Junior associates are included in strategy sessions, client calls, and have responsibility for client management. Although Wachtell doesn't take small lit matters, they staff very very leanly so associates get a lot of experience. Associates are expected to perform like a partner.

The other parts of your post are well taken. I'd put WLRKs lit team against any other firm in the country, but it is definitely true that it takes a backseat to corporate. You're also right that QOL is miserable, but I definitely don't think it is dumb to go where you get paid the most, particularly if you're going to get paid significantly more than you would at other firms and then have better exit opportunities. For example, many young litigators' dream job is AUSA. WLRK is a main feeder to the most prestigious USAOs in the country.

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Anonymous User wrote:Wachtell even for lit. They have a phenomenal litigation practice and they get paid the same as corp.


I would not want to be an associate in litigation at Wachtell. The teams are hierarchical and there are barely any stand up opportunities for paying clients until senior partnership. Wachtell doesn’t have the bandwidth to take on the sorts of smaller commercial matters that give lawyers at e.g. Munger and Williams & Connolly terrific opportunities. Frankly, regardless of comp, I wouldn’t want to be a litigation associate at any corporate-focused firm.

Boies and Susman are definitely preferred. But at all these firms, your QOL is miserable. The point of this thread is not “where do I get paid the most.” That’s dumb.



I was a wachtell lit associate, the first part of your post isn't true. Most Wachtell teams are 2-3 associates and 1-2 partners. Junior associates are included in strategy sessions, client calls, and have responsibility for client management. Although Wachtell doesn't take small lit matters, they staff very very leanly so associates get a lot of experience. Associates are expected to perform like a partner.

The other parts of your post are well taken. I'd put WLRKs lit team against any other firm in the country, but it is definitely true that it takes a backseat to corporate. You're also right that QOL is miserable, but I definitely don't think it is dumb to go where you get paid the most, particularly if you're going to get paid significantly more than you would at other firms and then have better exit opportunities. For example, many young litigators' dream job is AUSA. WLRK is a main feeder to the most prestigious USAOs in the country.


Lean staffing =/= in court argument and related opportunities for associates. No one denies that Wachtell is leanly staffed. That just means each associate is doing a shitload of work. The point is, a seenior associate at Wachtell will have taken fewer depositions, fewer witnessed, argued fewer motions, and been the client contact responsible for the strategic planning on fewer matters than an associate in the same class year at litigation-focused shops.

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Re: If you could go to any firm in the country, where would it be?

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Anonymous User wrote:Cravath, for 3 years. Then, anywhere else.


Just curious. You could achieve the same objectives after working for 3 years at Wachtell at much greater compensation and prestige. Why Cravath?



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