Associates

1940 ABA Journal Associates articles.

Which law firms announced bonuses this week?

The law firm bonus scale set by Baker McKenzie this year is gaining acceptance as more law firms announced bonuses this week. Larger firms are paying year-end bonuses ranging from $15,000 to $100,000, and many are adding special bonuses.

As worst-case scenarios for law firms fail to materialize, some trends emerge, new report says
With better-than-expected results for 2020, some law firms are prepaying expenses for 2021 and considering how lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic will apply in the coming year, according to a 2021 client advisory by Citi Private Bank and Hildebrandt Consulting.
Cravath announces two bonuses of up to $140K and Paul Weiss follows

A BigLaw firm known for setting the market rate for associate bonuses announced Monday that it will pay two bonuses this year. Cravath, Swaine & Moore will match last year’s scale for year-end bonuses.

After getting attorney feedback, Goldberg Segalla revamps installment-payment bonus program
Goldberg Segalla has said it has made “significant changes” to a planned bonus program that required bonuses to be paid in installments and docked associates for billable hour credit when clients didn’t pay up.
Afternoon Briefs: COVID-19 cited in halt to execution; ‘not qualified’ Jones Day associate confirmed to bench

Judge delays execution after lawyers contract COVID-19

U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss has delayed the federal execution of Lisa Montgomery because her lawyers contracted COVID-19 after visiting her in prison.…

Lawyer for Trump campaign complains of ‘abusive’ voicemail from Kirkland associate, asks to withdraw
A lawyer representing the Trump campaign in a federal election case in Pennsylvania asked to withdraw from the representation Monday, a day after she sought sanctions against Kirkland & Ellis for an associate's “abusive” voicemail message.
Afternoon Briefs: Law students pledge not to work for Trump firms; women deported after OB-GYN complaints

Law students pledge not to work for Trump election firms

A group of law students and new lawyers is circulating a pledge not to work or interview with law firms…

Afternoon Briefs: Jeffrey Toobin fired over Zoom exposure; lawyer alleges rape by cop in Breonna Taylor case

Jeffrey Toobin is fired after Zoom incident

The New Yorker has fired legal journalist Jeffrey Toobin after he reportedly exposed himself on a Zoom call last month. Toobin has…

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer sentenced in veterans charity thefts; lawyer accused in romance scams

Lawyer gets prison time for stealing from veterans charity

Former Connecticut lawyer Kevin Creed was sentenced Monday to 3½ years in prison for stealing about $1.4 million from a veterans…

Cuts in lawyer head count and expenditures ‘buoyed profitability metrics’ at law firms, report says
Demand for legal services decreased for the last two quarters, but austerity measures implemented by law firms have them well positioned for profitability, according to a report issued this week.
Baker McKenzie kicks off BigLaw bonus season; how much will its associates receive?

Baker McKenzie is the first law firm to announce 2020 bonuses this year. The firms plans to pay its U.S. associates bonuses that match last year’s bonus scale. The amounts could increase, however.

Afternoon Briefs: District attorney is accused of plotting truck theft; husband and wife lawyers sue over gun photo

District attorney is accused of hiring his kids, conspiring to steal truck

Lee County, Alabama, District Attorney Brandon Hughes has been charged with illegally hiring his children and lying to…

Jones Day and Porter Wright file election suits for Trump to the dismay of some of their lawyers
Updated: The law firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur has withdrawn from its representation of the Trump campaign in a federal lawsuit filed Monday evening that alleged voting irregularities across the state of Pennsylvania.
Restraining order bars former BigLaw associate from disclosing confidential law firm documents
Cole Schotz has obtained a two-week restraining order that bars a former associate, who said he wants to "live a life of meaning," from disclosing the law firm's confidential documents.
It’s ‘absurd and flat-out wrong’ to suggest late pay raises were from cash-flow issues, Boies Schiller says
Boies Schiller Flexner is flatly denying a suggestion that cash-flow problems could be the reason why some associate pay raises were delayed.

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