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Davis Wright Tremaine (Seattle) Salary Scale

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Sep 24, 2021 11:23 am

Anybody know what their current scale is (ideally through senior class years)?

Vault says they're starting first years at $160k still, which can't be right...

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Re: Davis Wright Tremaine (Seattle) Salary Scale

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Anonymous User wrote:
Fri Sep 24, 2021 11:23 am
Anybody know what their current scale is (ideally through senior class years)?

Vault says they're starting first years at $160k still, which can't be right...
160K sounds right. I think K&L also starts around there. Not sure about the rest of the cohort, but Seattle is relatively cheaper than CA/NY markets and is a smaller market.

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Re: Davis Wright Tremaine (Seattle) Salary Scale

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Sep 24, 2021 1:21 pm

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Fri Sep 24, 2021 12:12 pm
Anonymous User wrote:
Fri Sep 24, 2021 11:23 am
Anybody know what their current scale is (ideally through senior class years)?

Vault says they're starting first years at $160k still, which can't be right...
160K sounds right. I think K&L also starts around there. Not sure about the rest of the cohort, but Seattle is relatively cheaper than CA/NY markets and is a smaller market.
You can have a pretty nuanced discussion about tax/take home pay and the cost of living in Seattle vs. CA and NY, but in any case there's an argument that Seattle isn't a great value proposition strictly from a biglaw income perspective (aside from just wanting to live in the PNW). For what it's worth, I have heard that DWT will match non-Seattle market biglaw salary for the first year of a lateral with the firm. Not sure if the idea is that it would be frozen in place in subsequent years, or snap back to their standard level, but at least from a lateral perspective I think there's room to negotiate salary.

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Re: Davis Wright Tremaine (Seattle) Salary Scale

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Sep 24, 2021 2:25 pm

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Fri Sep 24, 2021 12:12 pm
Anonymous User wrote:
Fri Sep 24, 2021 11:23 am
Anybody know what their current scale is (ideally through senior class years)?

Vault says they're starting first years at $160k still, which can't be right...
160K sounds right. I think K&L also starts around there. Not sure about the rest of the cohort, but Seattle is relatively cheaper than CA/NY markets and is a smaller market.

K&L Gates Seattle raised salaries to 190K this summer, which is pretty sweet given the lower COL. I'm assuming this means Perkins will move too.

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Re: Davis Wright Tremaine (Seattle) Salary Scale

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Sep 24, 2021 2:28 pm

From what I hear, it seems like Amazon legal pays possibly materially more in total comp relative to local biglaw (e.g., $300k as Corporate Counsel at Amazon vs. what you'd make as a 6th year at DWT). Wonder if that's true.

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Re: Davis Wright Tremaine (Seattle) Salary Scale

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Sep 24, 2021 3:52 pm

OP here. Great find -- thanks. Guess that confirms the thing about Amazon easily beating DWT on comp in Seattle.

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Re: Davis Wright Tremaine (Seattle) Salary Scale

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Anonymous User wrote:
Fri Sep 24, 2021 2:25 pm
Anonymous User wrote:
Fri Sep 24, 2021 12:12 pm
Anonymous User wrote:
Fri Sep 24, 2021 11:23 am
Anybody know what their current scale is (ideally through senior class years)?

Vault says they're starting first years at $160k still, which can't be right...
160K sounds right. I think K&L also starts around there. Not sure about the rest of the cohort, but Seattle is relatively cheaper than CA/NY markets and is a smaller market.

K&L Gates Seattle raised salaries to 190K this summer, which is pretty sweet given the lower COL. I'm assuming this means Perkins will move too.
Perkins matched DPW earlier this summer already (https://abovethelaw.com/2021/06/perkins ... aise-2021/).

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Re: Davis Wright Tremaine (Seattle) Salary Scale

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Sep 24, 2021 11:44 pm

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Fri Sep 24, 2021 5:24 pm
Anonymous User wrote:
Fri Sep 24, 2021 2:25 pm
Anonymous User wrote:
Fri Sep 24, 2021 12:12 pm
Anonymous User wrote:
Fri Sep 24, 2021 11:23 am
Anybody know what their current scale is (ideally through senior class years)?

Vault says they're starting first years at $160k still, which can't be right...
160K sounds right. I think K&L also starts around there. Not sure about the rest of the cohort, but Seattle is relatively cheaper than CA/NY markets and is a smaller market.

K&L Gates Seattle raised salaries to 190K this summer, which is pretty sweet given the lower COL. I'm assuming this means Perkins will move too.
Perkins matched DPW earlier this summer already (https://abovethelaw.com/2021/06/perkins ... aise-2021/).
To clarify, the absolute match was only for market-matching offices. Others had a $15k increase, which is the relative DPW increase.

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Re: Davis Wright Tremaine (Seattle) Salary Scale

Post by BeeTeeZ » Sat Sep 25, 2021 4:07 am

My firm in Seattle bumped to the $205k scale and others have as well. DWT has never paid market, even Seattle market. Historically DWT pay has been less than many regional/midlaw firms. People don't work there for the money.

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Re: Davis Wright Tremaine (Seattle) Salary Scale

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People don't work there for the money.
Weird. What are they selling then? Seems like their hours expectations are basically on par with market paying biglaw, and these pay differences are… really steep.

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Re: Davis Wright Tremaine (Seattle) Salary Scale

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BeeTeeZ wrote:
Sat Sep 25, 2021 4:07 am
My firm in Seattle bumped to the $205k scale and others have as well. DWT has never paid market, even Seattle market. Historically DWT pay has been less than many regional/midlaw firms. People don't work there for the money.
Might be helpful mentioning which firm. AFAIK, only DLA Piper Seattle matched the previous 190K market.

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Re: Davis Wright Tremaine (Seattle) Salary Scale

Post by Sackboy » Sat Sep 25, 2021 9:53 pm

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Sat Sep 25, 2021 10:34 am
BeeTeeZ wrote:
Sat Sep 25, 2021 4:07 am
People don't work there for the money.
Weird. What are they selling then? Seems like their hours expectations are basically on par with market paying biglaw, and these pay differences are… really steep.
Probably the same selling point as something like McGuireWoods Chicago. People want to stay/work in Chicago, and it's the only offer they can get. For seniors, they might think they have better partnership prospects.

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Re: Davis Wright Tremaine (Seattle) Salary Scale

Post by BeeTeeZ » Mon Sep 27, 2021 8:45 pm

Sackboy wrote:
Sat Sep 25, 2021 9:53 pm
Anonymous User wrote:
Sat Sep 25, 2021 10:34 am
BeeTeeZ wrote:
Sat Sep 25, 2021 4:07 am
People don't work there for the money.
Weird. What are they selling then? Seems like their hours expectations are basically on par with market paying biglaw, and these pay differences are… really steep.
Probably the same selling point as something like McGuireWoods Chicago. People want to stay/work in Chicago, and it's the only offer they can get. For seniors, they might think they have better partnership prospects.
This seems to track with DWT, except that someone with an offer from DWT probably also received offers from other top firms in Seattle. People seem to be treated well at DWT and partnership seems to be a realistic goal, at least relative to other biglaw firms.

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Re: Davis Wright Tremaine (Seattle) Salary Scale

Post by Anonymous User » Tue Sep 28, 2021 9:08 pm

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From what I hear, it seems like Amazon legal pays possibly materially more in total comp relative to local biglaw (e.g., $300k as Corporate Counsel at Amazon vs. what you'd make as a 6th year at DWT). Wonder if that's true.
$300k is what I was told a few years back when I interviewed there with about 6 years of experience. Wouldn't be surprised if they pay more now.

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