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Re: Success of people targeting Florida BigLaw?

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Re: Success of people targeting Florida BigLaw?

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Have an HYS friend who tied for South FL. Got only 1 callback and offer in Miami despite having multiple V25ish offers in NYC. All the non-NYC markets are tough right now.

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Anonymous User wrote:Have an HYS friend who tied for South FL. Got only 1 callback and offer in Miami despite having multiple V25ish offers in NYC. All the non-NYC markets are tough right now.
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Re: Success of people targeting Florida BigLaw?

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Anyone have any insight into the bonus ranges of the top
Florida firms. I have an SA at one. Im just curious.

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Re: Success of people targeting Florida BigLaw?

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Anonymous User wrote:Anyone have any insight into the bonus ranges of the top
Florida firms. I have an SA at one. Im just curious.
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Re: Success of people targeting Florida BigLaw?

Post by badaboom61 » Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:17 pm

Salaries at the big Florida firms are already inflated probably above what they need to be paying to attract top talent, so the bonuses are pretty sorry. I think bonuses are bigger at the midlaw firms (Lowndes Drosdick pays 10k minimum bonuses if you hit their hours cap), and this brings their compensation more in line with the bigger firms.

I think the national satellite firms (Foley, White and Case, Weil, etc) do bonuses based on whatever the firms standard bonuses are nationwide. And Boies of course pays Boies money.

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badaboom61 wrote:Salaries at the big Florida firms are already inflated probably above what they need to be paying to attract top talent, so the bonuses are pretty sorry. I think bonuses are bigger at the midlaw firms (Lowndes Drosdick pays 10k minimum bonuses if you hit their hours cap), and this brings their compensation more in line with the bigger firms.

I think the national satellite firms (Foley, White and Case, Weil, etc) do bonuses based on whatever the firms standard bonuses are nationwide. And Boies of course pays Boies money.
Yep. From what Ive been told FL bonuses aren't much. There are a grand total of what, maybe 5 or 6 SA positions that pay more than 135k? I was absolutely shocked when I found out the pay in Miami was. You are talking fairly high COL with less than Atlanta salaries.

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Re: Success of people targeting Florida BigLaw?

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badaboom61 wrote:Salaries at the big Florida firms are already inflated probably above what they need to be paying to attract top talent, so the bonuses are pretty sorry. I think bonuses are bigger at the midlaw firms (Lowndes Drosdick pays 10k minimum bonuses if you hit their hours cap), and this brings their compensation more in line with the bigger firms.

I think the national satellite firms (Foley, White and Case, Weil, etc) do bonuses based on whatever the firms standard bonuses are nationwide. And Boies of course pays Boies money.
Yep. From what Ive been told FL bonuses aren't much. There are a grand total of what, maybe 5 or 6 SA positions that pay more than 135k? I was absolutely shocked when I found out the pay in Miami was. You are talking fairly high COL with less than Atlanta salaries.
135k in Miami is really not bad at all. Considering how low taxes are, it's pretty close to Atlanta salaries in terms of buying power, especially if you want to live in the city of Atlanta rather than the suburbs. And it's way better than NYC or DC or LA at 160k.

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badaboom61 wrote:Salaries at the big Florida firms are already inflated probably above what they need to be paying to attract top talent, so the bonuses are pretty sorry. I think bonuses are bigger at the midlaw firms (Lowndes Drosdick pays 10k minimum bonuses if you hit their hours cap), and this brings their compensation more in line with the bigger firms.
What about other firms comparable to Lowndes? GreyRobinson? Fowler White? Trenam? Carton Fields?

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badaboom61 wrote:Salaries at the big Florida firms are already inflated probably above what they need to be paying to attract top talent, so the bonuses are pretty sorry. I think bonuses are bigger at the midlaw firms (Lowndes Drosdick pays 10k minimum bonuses if you hit their hours cap), and this brings their compensation more in line with the bigger firms.
What about other firms comparable to Lowndes? GreyRobinson? Fowler White? Trenam? Carton Fields?
CF sets the market for Tampa (like 115 I think?) and pays 135 or close to it in Miami. I think these others pay a bit lower and I have no idea how their bonus structure works.

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Re: Success of people targeting Florida BigLaw?

Post by Renne Walker » Sat Nov 03, 2012 12:10 pm

badaboom61 wrote: 135k in Miami is really not bad at all. Considering how low taxes are, it's pretty close to Atlanta salaries in terms of buying power, especially if you want to live in the city of Atlanta rather than the suburbs. And it's way better than NYC or DC or LA at 160k.
I would transfer to Miami in a heartbeat. $130K in Miami is easily equivalent to +$200K in NYC. Plus, enjoy life in the tropics. As far as going straight from LS to Miami, Fla schools are said to hold a distinct hiring advantage. That is probably true for Tampa too (which, IMO, is hundreds of times better than living in Atlanta, plus a bit cheaper too).

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Re: Success of people targeting Florida BigLaw?

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i'm clerking for an artIII judge right now. not in FL, but i may be moving there. what are some of the good litigation boutiques in the miami area? i want to work about 60 hrs a week and make 6 figures (which i;ve been told will go a long ways in miami). is there such a firm?

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Anonymous User wrote:i'm clerking for an artIII judge right now. not in FL, but i may be moving there. what are some of the good litigation boutiques in the miami area? i want to work about 60 hrs a week and make 6 figures (which i;ve been told will go a long ways in miami). is there such a firm?
Boies. Can't beat the money, although you will probably work more than 60 hours a week.

There aren't too many litigation boutiques in Miami, although there are plenty of full service firms that pay six figures to their litigators (and all other associates). There might be some smaller ones I don't know about. Pothurst Orseck has a good name in town, but its small and does a lot of plaintiff's work.

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Re: Success of people targeting Florida BigLaw?

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Re: Success of people targeting Florida BigLaw?

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badaboom61 wrote:Salaries at the big Florida firms are already inflated probably above what they need to be paying to attract top talent, so the bonuses are pretty sorry. I think bonuses are bigger at the midlaw firms (Lowndes Drosdick pays 10k minimum bonuses if you hit their hours cap), and this brings their compensation more in line with the bigger firms.

I think the national satellite firms (Foley, White and Case, Weil, etc) do bonuses based on whatever the firms standard bonuses are nationwide. And Boies of course pays Boies money.
Just a FYI, Lowndes' "bonus" isn't really a bonus. They used to pay market, then dropped salaries by 10k and added the 10k bonus for making hours. The bonus effectively means you make Orlando market/what they paid before.

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Re: Success of people targeting Florida BigLaw?

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Does anyone know anything about the firm Greenspoon Marder out of Ft. Lauderdale? Decent sized firm, 150 or so attorneys. Recently acquired Ruden McClosky. Had an interview there a few days ago, but I can find virtually nothing else about this firm (salary, quality of work, office culture, nothing). Any help?

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Re: Success of people targeting Florida BigLaw?

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Heard of a Carlton Fields (miami) offer going out this week.

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Re: Success of people targeting Florida BigLaw?

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badaboom61 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:i'm clerking for an artIII judge right now. not in FL, but i may be moving there. what are some of the good litigation boutiques in the miami area? i want to work about 60 hrs a week and make 6 figures (which i;ve been told will go a long ways in miami). is there such a firm?
Boies. Can't beat the money, although you will probably work more than 60 hours a week.

There aren't too many litigation boutiques in Miami, although there are plenty of full service firms that pay six figures to their litigators (and all other associates). There might be some smaller ones I don't know about. Pothurst Orseck has a good name in town, but its small and does a lot of plaintiff's work.
There absolutely are, not many, but they are out there. I can think of 2-3 boutiques off the top of my head that pay $130+, but most of these small boutiques are international firms with a heavy emphasis on arbitration, if that is your thing. If you are not fluent in another language, I don't even think you'd be under consideration.

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Re: Success of people targeting Florida BigLaw?

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Anonymous User wrote:i'm clerking for an artIII judge right now. not in FL, but i may be moving there. what are some of the good litigation boutiques in the miami area? i want to work about 60 hrs a week and make 6 figures (which i;ve been told will go a long ways in miami). is there such a firm?
Boies. Can't beat the money, although you will probably work more than 60 hours a week.

There aren't too many litigation boutiques in Miami, although there are plenty of full service firms that pay six figures to their litigators (and all other associates). There might be some smaller ones I don't know about. Pothurst Orseck has a good name in town, but its small and does a lot of plaintiff's work.
There absolutely are, not many, but they are out there. I can think of 2-3 boutiques off the top of my head that pay $130+, but most of these small boutiques are international firms with a heavy emphasis on arbitration, if that is your thing. If you are not fluent in another language, I don't even think you'd be under consideration.
Why not name these firms?

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Re: Success of people targeting Florida BigLaw?

Post by msblaw89 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:07 am

1L here at or very close top top 10% at T14 also a Florida resident. Anyone know of any Florida firms that would be worth applying to?

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Re: Success of people targeting Florida BigLaw?

Post by Anonymous User » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:29 am

What is the lateral market like for South Florida biglaw or midlaw? Assume strong Florida ties, T14 grad, junior associate at V30 firm in NYC. Not bilingual.

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