Top 25 Biglaw Firm Wows With Elite-Level Raises

money bonus A red gift box with hundred dollar billsLess than a week ago, Cravath brightened up the holiday season for Biglaw associates. How’d they do that? Money, of course! They announced raises that — for midlevel and senior associates — went over the Milbank raises from a few weeks prior. Now the only question is, which Biglaw firms will be able to match this new standard?

While it may be true that not every Biglaw firm will be able to match these raises, with over a billion in revenue, Weil was pretty much a lock. That’s right, last year, Weil made $1,767,107,000 in gross revenue, making it 23rd on the Am Law 100.

The result of all that success is a brand new compensation and bonus grid at the firm. The scale is as follows:

Class Year 2023 Overall Strong Year-End Bonus Annual Salary Effective January 1, 2024
2023 $15,000 (prorated) $225,000
2022 $20,000 $235,000
2021 $30,000 $260,000
2020 $57,500 $310,000
2019 $75,000 $365,000
2018 $90,000 $390,000
2017 $105,000 $420,000
2016 and more senior $115,000 $435,000

Bonuses will be paid on January 31.

You can read the full memo on the next page.

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Kathryn Rubino is a Senior Editor at Above the Law, host of The Jabot podcast, and co-host of Thinking Like A Lawyer. AtL tipsters are the best, so please connect with her. Feel free to email her with any tips, questions, or comments and follow her on Twitter @Kathryn1 or Mastodon @Kathryn1@mastodon.social.


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