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Nashville Big Law - 2018 Salary Information

Post by Anonymous User » Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:06 pm

The salaries in Nashville big law seem to be a bit of a black box. Does anyone know or have a sense of what the current salaries are for Bass Berry, Waller, BABC, Baker Donelson, Butler Snow, Frost Brown, Neal & Harwell--or the like?

I know that a few years ago most of the firms increased salaries to 120k, but I have not been able to find information on where the firms are in 2018. According to NALP, Bass Berry gives first year's 130k--though I have heard they recently increased salaries again, but I haven't been able to confirm it. Do other firms in Nashville pay 130k?

Relatedly, how much does the salary increase with each class year.

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Re: Nashville Big Law - 2018 Salary Information

Post by Anonymous User » Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:33 pm

I believe salaries were increased to 130k recently. 120k was also a more recent increase. In 2013, starting was 110k.

Unless and until a market firm moves in and starts paying market salaries in Nashville, Nashville will lag behind the national market, which sucks because it’s not even that cheap anymore (since you NEED a car there)

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Re: Nashville Big Law - 2018 Salary Information

Post by Anonymous User » Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:37 pm

The above is pretty much true. Though I think the day when a national firm shows up here (and probably pays market) is coming soon (query whether they will be able to really break through--this town is seemingly all about old-school relationships). For now, salaries are going to stay down as the firms aren't pushing each other at all. Housings costs are going up but theres such a boom, it's not going up that fast and tons of vacancies. And you don't NEED a car (I walk to biglaw everyday), but it's a bit uncomfortable without one and you have to live downtown for it to work.

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Re: Nashville Big Law - 2018 Salary Information

Post by Anonymous User » Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:37 pm

Duplicate post. But I'll add the scooters are back for those who want to go carless :lol:

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Re: Nashville Big Law - 2018 Salary Information

Post by Anonymous User » Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:04 pm

To the above, you do need a car. Living in Nashville without a car sucks. You can’t do a lot of the non-going-to-work stuff as easily (hiking, boating, etc.). It’s not like a larger city where you can just take public transportation everywhere.

Also, people in Nashville have better hours generally, so you will have more time to enjoy life... if you have a car.

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Re: Nashville Big Law - 2018 Salary Information

Post by Anonymous User » Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:01 pm

Not to totally derail this but, again, I live in Nashville. I work in "biglaw." I do have a car. But I use it twice a month. 100% agree that public transportation is basically non-existent. But you can walk to most parts of town (Germantown/Gulch/Music Row/Vandy/E-Nashville) super easily (or, can jump on a damn scooter). Frankly, the anti-walking sentiment in this city is shocking to me, particularly as compared to most metropolitan cities, and the "must have car crowd" is shocking in terms of a lack of creativity if money was really a problem. You def need transport to go hiking, boating, to Brentwood or Franklin, or whatever. Just saying you don't all caps NEED one to enjoy life. And my hours are okay but I know corporate people that definitely have it horrible.

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Re: Nashville Big Law - 2018 Salary Information

Post by Anonymous User » Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:03 pm

Waller and Bass just bumped to 142 for the 2019 class. Other firms, such as Butler Snow and Bradley are still at 130, but they’ll probably follow Waller and Bass either for the 2019 class or the 2020 class.

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Re: Nashville Big Law - 2018 Salary Information

Post by Anonymous User » Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:34 pm

Do you know what Bass’s scale is now? Is it more compressed or does the scale exceed $200k now?

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Re: Nashville Big Law - 2018 Salary Information

Post by Anonymous User » Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:09 pm

I don't know what the "scale" is but can tell you it exceeds 200.

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Re: Nashville Big Law - 2018 Salary Information

Post by Anonymous User » Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:47 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I don't know what the "scale" is but can tell you it exceeds 200.
That is a lot of money for Nashville

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Re: Nashville Big Law - 2018 Salary Information

Post by Anonymous User » Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:41 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:I don't know what the "scale" is but can tell you it exceeds 200.
That is a lot of money for Nashville
Somewhat, yes. But the city isn't what it used to be in terms of COL. I pay exactly what a paid in River North Chicago for an apartment in Music Row. And then add parking/owning a car+driving+insurance, almost evens out. And I made much more at biglaw there (literally 3rd year salary was commensurate with 5-6th here). But the hours are moderately better and no state income tax helps. Just not sure COL, alone, justifies that the 100k+ salary gap for seniors.

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Re: Nashville Big Law - 2018 Salary Information

Post by Anonymous User » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:42 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:I don't know what the "scale" is but can tell you it exceeds 200.
That is a lot of money for Nashville
Somewhat, yes. But the city isn't what it used to be in terms of COL. I pay exactly what a paid in River North Chicago for an apartment in Music Row. And then add parking/owning a car+driving+insurance, almost evens out. And I made much more at biglaw there (literally 3rd year salary was commensurate with 5-6th here). But the hours are moderately better and no state income tax helps. Just not sure COL, alone, justifies that the 100k+ salary gap for seniors.
I agree with this post. It is a lot compared to what has historically been paid in Nashville, but the COL is super high there now.

Unless you live far, far away from Nashville proper (which has awful traffic), you are going to pay a lot in rent for a decent place in a good location. The rent is on par with places like Atlanta at this point, probably worse.

Cool city though.

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Re: Nashville Big Law - 2018 Salary Information

Post by Anonymous User » Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:53 pm

Anyone know what a firm like Sherrard Roe pays?

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Re: Nashville Big Law - 2018 Salary Information

Post by Anonymous User » Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:47 am

Big four all start at $140k now.

Educated guess on other shops:
-Butler Snow $120
-Sherrard $120
-Nelson Mullins $120
-Adams & Reese $110
-Frost $110-120
-Stites $110
-Neal & Harwell $100
-Riley Warnock $100
-Burr $100
-Dickinson Wright $100
-Littler $100
-Wyatt $100

No idea what Polsinelli, Epstein, Gordon Rees, other new shops are paying.

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Re: Nashville Big Law - 2018 Salary Information

Post by Anonymous User » Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:23 am

Recently received an offer from one of the big 4 and it was lower than I was expecting given the recent increases for starting salary. Does anyone in the market know if there is more compression now that the starting salary has gone up 30k in the last five or so years?

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Re: Nashville Big Law - 2018 Salary Information

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:12 am

Anonymous User wrote:Recently received an offer from one of the big 4 and it was lower than I was expecting given the recent increases for starting salary. Does anyone in the market know if there is more compression now that the starting salary has gone up 30k in the last five or so years?

Need more context. Summer? Entry-level? Lateral? Compression actually not the case. 7y/8y are like $210K here now.

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Re: Nashville Big Law - 2018 Salary Information

Post by oleilu » Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:32 am

Any updates for 2020? Is Waller at $140k?

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Re: Nashville Big Law - 2018 Salary Information

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:48 pm

oleilu wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:32 am
Any updates for 2020? Is Waller at $140k?
99.9% sure they are at 140k along with the rest of the big 4 in Nashville. Source: interviewed there last year.

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