Posted Jan 22, 2008 05:01 pm CST
Many law firm associates are quick to complain about grueling hours and tough bosses, but the picture isn’t as bad as some make it out to be, if Fortune Magazine’s list of 100 best places to work is any indication.
Five law firms have made the list, with ranks ranging from 19 to 66, and they dominate a separate list of top-paying salaried employees. The five law firms are:
Arnold & Porter, at No. 19, was cited for 12 paid weeks of maternity leave, profit sharing at 7.5 percent of salary, and reduced health insurance premiums for lower wage earners. The firm is second on the salary list for its average associate salaries of $194,575.
Alston & Bird, 31st on the list, was praised for “super benefits, including 90 days of paid maternity leave, coverage of fertility treatments, and concierge services.” The firm is third on the salary list with average associate pay of $190,135.
Bingham McCutchen, at No. 41, has 72 law grads from Harvard, 24 from Yale and 20 from Stanford. The firm is first on the salary list, with average associate pay of $211,017.
Perkins Coie, at No. 55, for emphasizing more than legal work. “They value fun at this law firm,” Fortune reports. “At 2007’s Lawyerpalooza battle of the bands, the Perkins Coie rock & rollers brought down the house (and took home the top prize).” The firm is seventh in salaries, with average associate pay of $162,860.
Nixon Peabody, at No. 66, was cited for nondiscrimination policies regarding gay, lesbian and transgendered employees, and also for its focus on pro bono work. The firm is fifth for associate pay, with an average salary of $178,016.
A hat tip to Above the Law, which posted the news.