Biglaw Bonus Bankroll: The Associate Compensation Scorecard (Fall 2019)



Firm Date Matched Offices Matched Minimum Hours Payout Date Milbank
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2011: $100K FIRST MOVER
November 7, 2019 All U.S. Offices
London, UK Office
Sao Paulo, Brazil Office
All Asia Offices None On or before December 31, 2019 Cravath
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2012: $100K November 11, 2019 New York, NY None December 20, 2019 Paul Weiss
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2012+: $100K November 11, 2019 All U.S. Offices None December 20, 2019 Holwell Shuster
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2012+: $100K November 12, 2019 New York, NY None On or before December 31, 2019 Fried Frank
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2011+: $100K November 12, 2019 All U.S. Offices + London, UK 2000 for market bonus (incl. 300 in pro bono and 125 qualified non-billable hours (e.g., recruiting, diversity, mentoring, training, client development, firm committees)); bonuses 15% or 30% above market at the 2200- and 2450-hour marks On or before December 31, 2019 Clifford Chance
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2011+: $100K November 12, 2019 All U.S. Offices None January 15, 2020 Cleary Gottlieb
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2011+: $100K November 12, 2019 All Associates/Int’l Lawyers on U.S. Salary Scale None December 13, 2019 Debevoise
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2012+: $100K November 12, 2019 All U.S. Offices None “Payable … at year end” Cadwalader
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2012+: $100K November 13, 2019 All U.S. Offices 1900 hours for a market bonus; bonuses 120% of market at 2200-hour mark Last full week of February 2020 Freshfields
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2011+: $100K November 13, 2019 All U.S. Offices None December 13, 2019 Proskauer
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2011: $100K November 13, 2019 Boston, MA
Chicago, IL
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Washington, DC
(New Orleans, LA + Boca, FL offices on reduced scales) None December 20, 2019 Davis Polk
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2012+: $100K November 13, 2019 All U.S. Offices None December 13, 2019 Skadden
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2012+: $100K November 14, 2019 All U.S. Offices 1800 “productive hours”; additional $10K bonuses available for Class of 2013+ for “extraordinary performance” December 13, 2019 Ropes & Gray
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2017: $25K
Classes of 2016+: Determined individually November 14, 2019 All U.S. Offices 1900 hours (including pro bono) for market bonus December 24, 2019 Shearman & Sterling
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2012+: $100K November 14, 2019 All U.S. Track Associates None January 15, 2020 Baker McKenzie
Class of 2018: $15K
Class of 2011+: $100K November 14, 2019 All U.S. Offices None; above-market bonuses for “exceptional performance” January 31, 2020 Simpson Thacher
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2011: $100K November 15, 2019 All U.S. Offices None December 30, 2019 Weil Gotshal
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2011: $100K
Class of 2010+: Case by case basis November 15, 2019 All U.S. Offices None January 31, 2020 Willkie Farr
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2012: $100K November 15, 2019 All U.S. Offices None Undisclosed Sidley Austin
Class of 2018: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2011+: $100K November 20, 2019 All U.S. Offices 2000 hours for market bonus (1800 hours must be client chargeable and/or legal services) Undisclosed Dechert
Class of 2018: $15K
Class of 2012+: $100K November 21, 2019 All U.S. Offices 1950 hours for market bonus (billable, pro bono, firm-as-client work, and up to 25 shadowing hours) January 23, 2020 Schulte Roth & Zabel
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2010: $100K November 21, 2019 All U.S. Offices Base threshold undisclosed; up to $40K extra bonus cash for high billers ($20K extra for 2300 hours, $20K extra for 2500 hours) January 17, 2020 White & Case
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2012+: $100K November 22, 2019 All U.S. Offices None Undisclosed Allen & Overy
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2011: $100K November 25, 2019 New York, NY
Washington, DC
Sao Paolo, Brazil None January 15, 2020 Orrick
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2011: $100K November 27, 2019 All U.S. Offices 2000 hours (premium bonuses up to 35% above market for “hardest working associates”; up to $15K in vacation money for 2400+ hours) Undisclosed Stroock
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2012+: $100K November 27, 2019 New York, NY
Washington, DC
(Los Angeles, CA + Miami, FL on reduced “market” scale) 2000 hours (1800 must be true billable hours; up to 200 can be “nonbillable-legal” (e.g., pro bono, firm committees, etc.); associates with very high billables eligible for additional “super” bonuses) Undisclosed Sheppard Mullin
Associate 1: $15K (pro-rated)
Counsel 2: $100K November 27, 2019 All U.S. Offices 2000 hours for market bonus (minimum of 1850 hours + firm’s own account); 2200 hours (Associate 1: $16.5K, Counsel 2: $110K); 2400 hours (Associate 1: $18K, Counsel 2: $120K) January 2020 Covington
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2012+: $100K December 4, 2019 All U.S. Offices 1950 hours for offices outside NY (including uncapped pro bono) “End of January 2020” Sullivan & Cromwell
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2012+: $150K December 5, 2019 All U.S. Offices None December 15, 2019 Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz
Class of 2019: $22.5K (pro-rated)
Class of 2012+: $100K December 4, 2019 All U.S. Offices None December 15, 2019 Akin Gump
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2011: $100K December 6, 2019 All U.S. Offices 1950 or more hours (including pro bono hours, general counsel hours, business development hours, and up to 100 hours of time spent on recruiting, diversity & inclusion, and/or innovation activities); additional bonuses ranging from $5K – $25K for “extraordinary” performance and productivity) Early 2020 Katten
Class of 2018: $15K
Class of 2012+: $100K December 6, 2019 All U.S. Offices (except Charlotte, NC) 2000 hours for base bonus; 2100 hours (Class of 2018: $18.5K, Class of 2012+: 106.6K); 2200 hours (Class of 2018: $22K, Class of 2012+: $112K); 2300 hours (Class of 2018: $25.5K, Class of 2012+: $118K); 2400 hours (Class of 2018: $29K, Class of 2012+: $124K) January 31, 2020 Greenberg Gross
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2012+: $100K December 6, 2019 All U.S. Offices None; additional bonus money for “extraordinary performance” January 15, 2020 Arnold & Porter
Class of 2019: $15K
Class of 2015: $65K December 9, 2019 All U.S. Offices Associates must be in good standing; supplemental bonuses up to 20% of base bonus for “extraordinary level of productivity” (i.e., 2400+ hours, 2200 of which must be billable) January 15, 2020 Cahill
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2011: $100K December 10, 2019 All U.S. Offices None; additional $5K to $40K “special bonuses” for “outstanding individual effort” Undisclosed Winston & Strawn
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2012: $100K
Class of 2011+: case by case December 13, 2019 All U.S. Offices 2000 hours; additional bonuses for associates who “substantially exceed” mimimum required hours (usually $5k for 2200 hours + another $2.5k for 2400 hours) Early February 2020 Morgan Lewis
Class of 2018: $15K
Class of 2011: $100K December 13, 2019 All U.S. Offices 1900 hours (billable plus pro bono) January 31, 2020 Hueston Hennigan
All associates in good standing received bonuses in excess of the market rate (sometimes up to 3x more) December 13, 2019 All U.S. Offices Based on class year, hours, and good standing Undisclosed Susman
Partnership Class of 2024: $120K (median)
Partnership Class of 2019: $235K (median) December 16, 2019 All U.S. Offices None Undisclosed Gibson Dunn
Class of 2019: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2011: $100K December 17, 2019 All U.S. Associates None; additional bonus money for high billers Undisclosed Kirkland & Ellis
Most associates will receive 1.24-1.27x of market December 18, 2019 All U.S. Offices None Undisclosed Selendy & Gay
Class of 2018: $20,950 (median)
Class of 2012: $177,609 (median) December 19, 2019 All U.S. Offices None Undisclosed Haynes & Boone
Individualized (but seem to be Milbank matches) December 19, 2019 All U.S. Offices 2000 hours (but reportedly based on an “eat what you kill” model) Undisclosed Paul Hastings
Class of 2018: $15K
Class of 2012+: $100K December 20, 2019 All Associates None March 6, 2020 (U.S. associates); March 25, 2020 (international associates) Pepper Hamilton
Level One: $10K / $15K
Level Four: $17.5K / $22.5K December 20, 2019 All U.S. Offices 2040 vs. 2140 billable hour threshold for market bonus; discretionary bonus at 1940 hours February 2020 Goodwin Procter
Class of 2018: $15K
Class of 2012: $100K January 23, 2020 All U.S. Offices 1950 hours January 24, 2020 Latham
Class of 2018: $15K base
Class of 2012+: $100K base January 24, 2020 All U.S. Offices 1900 hours; Class of 2018 median/top bonus: $15K/$21.5K; Class of 2012+ median/top bonus: $116K/$150K Undisclosed



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