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Chicago litigation boutiques

Post by Anonymous User » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:52 pm

I'm clerking right now and looking to work in Chicago. I would rather work at a lit boutique than at a large law firm.

Can we get a list going of the boutiques in Chicago? Does anyone know how much they pay?

I know some of the top ones were recently acquired (Grippo & Elden, Schopf & Weiss). Thanks!

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Re: Chicago litigation boutiques

Post by Jchance » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:58 pm

Bartlit Beck

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Re: Chicago litigation boutiques

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Williams Montgomery and John. Idk their pay, but they have several former Steptoe associates so I would think pay is comparable. goldberg kohn might be too big to be a true boutique since it is still over 100 attorneys, but they paid $160k back when that was market, not sure if they moved to match Cravath. And Riley Safer is the breakaway from Schiff.

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Re: Chicago litigation boutiques

Post by newlawgrad » Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:40 pm

Butler Rubin, Eimer Stahl

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Re: Chicago litigation boutiques

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:51 am

Any idea what those firms, especially Bartlit, pays?

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Re: Chicago litigation boutiques

Post by FascinatedWanderer » Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:46 am

Eimer pays a 120K clerkship bonus. I assume salaries are at least competitive as well.

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Re: Chicago litigation boutiques

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:31 am

Throwing in newer shops like MoloLamken and Goldman Ismail.

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Re: Chicago litigation boutiques

Post by Anonymous User » Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:43 pm

FascinatedWanderer wrote:Eimer pays a 120K clerkship bonus. I assume salaries are at least competitive as well.
Eimer pays the new 180k market for salaries and above market bonuses.

Barrack Ferrazano is another to add to the list, I believe that they pay market too.
Anonymous User wrote:Throwing in newer shops like MoloLamken and Goldman Ismail.
These are at or above market firms. Definitely worth considering.

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Re: Chicago litigation boutiques

Post by Anonymous User » Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:23 pm

newlawgrad wrote:Butler Rubin, Eimer Stahl
Any other places that pay at or above market? I heard Butler Rubin and Novack & Macey are below market.

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Re: Chicago litigation boutiques

Post by Should I Transfer?? » Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:48 pm

Barack Ferrazano isn't a litigation boutique.

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Re: Chicago litigation boutiques

Post by GFox345 » Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:32 pm

Anyone heard of Miller Shakman & Beem? They seem to be a pretty elite lit boutique. Almost all of their attorneys are Magna at T10 schools, or honors at HYS, and the vast majority clerked either for the IL Supreme Court, Federal District Courts in the 7th Circuit, and quite a few for Federal COAs. How do you go about figuring out how much smaller firms like this pay? I really doubt that they pay anything less than market given that all of their attorneys have such impressive credentials.

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Re: Chicago litigation boutiques

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GFox345 wrote:Anyone heard of Miller Shakman & Beem? They seem to be a pretty elite lit boutique. Almost all of their attorneys are Magna at T10 schools, or honors at HYS, and the vast majority clerked either for the IL Supreme Court, Federal District Courts in the 7th Circuit, and quite a few for Federal COAs. How do you go about figuring out how much smaller firms like this pay? I really doubt that they pay anything less than market given that all of their attorneys have such impressive credentials.
Miller Shakman has a good reputation. They recently lost their white collar group since the partner became a judge. They paid under market back when $160K was market. To my knowledge, no other way to find out what smaller firms pay besides word of mouth or insider info.
trebekismyhero wrote:Williams Montgomery and John. Idk their pay, but they have several former Steptoe associates so I would think pay is comparable. Goldberg Kohn might be too big to be a true boutique since it is still over 100 attorneys, but they paid $160k back when that was market, not sure if they moved to match Cravath. And Riley Safer is the breakaway from Schiff.
I believe Riley Safer pays under market.

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Re: Chicago litigation boutiques

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Jan 14, 2022 5:12 pm

I know this thread is somewhat old, but anybody have thoughts on good boutiques for white collar in the city nowadays?

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Re: Chicago litigation boutiques

Post by Anonymous User » Tue Jan 18, 2022 2:23 am

Riley safer is known for white collar. However I have a relative who works there and they pay extremely below market, I believe 8th year associates make less than $220k (or did as of last year). And the firm is very stingy with bonuses.

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Re: Chicago litigation boutiques

Post by Lurker08743 » Fri Feb 24, 2023 6:59 pm

Jumping back to this thread. Does anyone have any update on how these firms pay nowadays? Specifically Eimer Stahl and Goldman Ismail.

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Re: Chicago litigation boutiques

Post by Anonymous User » Sun Feb 26, 2023 12:26 am

Swanson, Martin & Bell. Use to not pay too well. I hear they are catching up.

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Re: Chicago litigation boutiques

Post by Anonymous User » Tue Feb 28, 2023 10:24 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Sun Feb 26, 2023 12:26 am
Swanson, Martin & Bell. Use to not pay too well. I hear they are catching up.
what, this is medmal/insurance defense level.

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Re: Chicago litigation boutiques

Post by trebekismyhero » Thu Mar 02, 2023 5:51 pm

Lurker08743 wrote:
Fri Feb 24, 2023 6:59 pm
Jumping back to this thread. Does anyone have any update on how these firms pay nowadays? Specifically Eimer Stahl and Goldman Ismail.
Goldman Ismail pays market

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