The Biglaw austerity measures are slowly making the way up the chain to the top of the Biglaw landscape. We’ve now seen multiple firms that make a billion dollars+ in gross revenue implement cost-cutting moves. The latest Biglaw firm in the billion-dollar club to announce salary cuts in K&L Gates, the firm that is 37 on the Am Law 200 ranking with $1,007,615,000 in 2018 gross revenue.
So what is happening at K&L Gates? Equity partners are taking a 20 percent reduction in scheduled advances and firm leaders are taking even larger reductions. Income partners, associates, and allied professionals/staff are taking a 15 percent reduction in their salary provided they don’t go below a $75,000 floor (with some regional variations). As the firmwide email notes (available on the next page), “All personnel will be considered for discretionary bonuses for extraordinary performances or contributions, as many are working very hard through this period.”
Hopefully, these cost-cutting measures mean the firm can avoid layoffs and more severe moves.
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