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Benefits Spell Relief for Harried Associates

Posted May 30, 2007 8:39 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Some law firms are providing special fringe benefits in an effort to boost recruiting and keep their attorneys happy.

The National Law Journal found firms providing everything from concierge services to help buying environmentally friendly cars.

Nixon Peabody has a 401(k) plan that includes matching contributions for associates who have practiced at the firm for two years. That’s unusual, because most firms provide such plans only for partners and administrative staff, a consultant told the NLJ.

AT DLA Piper, the firm pays associates and staffers $2,000 if they buy a hybrid vehicle and $1,500 if they lease one. The firm also hired a company to help resolve health insurance hassles.

Like many firms, Atlanta-based Alston & Bird provides back-up child care. But it also has on-site massage therapy and a fee-based corporate concierge service to help with errands.

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