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‘Phenomenal Year’ for Florida Lawyers

Defying predictions of a law practice slowdown, attorneys in South Florida report their business is booming.

“It was a phenomenal year to be a lawyer,” John C. Sumberg, managing partner…

Bonuses Pay Off for Legal System

Law firms will soon be paying signing bonuses of up to $250,000 to entice former Supreme Court clerks to join their practices. The bonus is in addition to initial salaries…

Jenner & Block Culls Equity Partners

Jenner & Block will shift between 15 and 20 equity partners to nonequity status this year.

The National Law Journal reports that some of the partners will leave the firm and others will move toward retirement.

Some recruiters predict more firms will follow suit in an effort to boost partner profits.

Surprise Letters for Departing Partners

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is seeking to recover some of the money paid to a dozen partners in 2006 before they left the firm.

Certified letters mailed to partners who left in 2006 sought amounts that ranged from $10,000 to $90,000, American Lawyer reports.

The partners received $15,000 a month in a draw against future profits, and the firm contends the amount paid exceeded the profits earned. The firm wants the partners to return the difference.

Boston Firms Hike Associate Pay

Several Boston law firms will pay new associates $160,000, matching starting pay at big firms in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

The National Law Journal

Bingham Offers Associate Buyouts

Bingham McCutchen is paying buyouts to several associates at its San Francisco office,reportedly in response to a slowdown in commercial litigation.

Four associates left the firm and three others transferred…

400 Prosecutors Saved From Furloughs

Georgia’s governor transferred more than $800,000 into the state budget for district attorneys’ offices this morning, avoiding furloughs of about 400 state-paid prosecutors.

Gov. Sonny Perdue took action after Georgia…

Pay Gap Grows at Top 100 and 200 Firms

The pay gap is widening for partners in American Lawyer’s top 100 and second 100 law firms.

Average pay for all partners rose 10.7 percent in top 100 firms and…

Benefits Spell Relief for Harried Associates

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…

More Calif. Firms to Pay Associates $160,000

More California firms have announced they will pay new associates $160,000 a year.

The latest firms to indicate they will reach that pay level are Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; Munger,…

How Much Does Google’s GC Earn?

David Drummond, Google’s chief legal officer, earned a salary of $250,000 in 2006, according to the company’s proxy statement filed yesterday with the SEC.

But that’s just the start…

The Ultimate Time-Money Trade-off

Associates tell us they’d take a pay cut to work less. Smart deal or impossible dream?

Bonus Round

Knowing How Merit-Based Bonuses Work Can Help Guarantee a Hassle-Free Payday

At the Rainbow’s End

Bling-Bling Signing Bonuses Help Relieve Some of the Financial Sting of Clerking

Taxpayer Savings Time

Tax Laws Contain Incentives to Put Money Away for Retirement and College, but Some May Disappear After 2010

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