Month: March 2020

Coronavirus crisis guide for current (and aspiring) in-house corporate counsel

It’s not exactly the same thing, of course, but the coronavirus crisis and this surreal market volatility has me reflecting on the financial crisis of 2008. Back then, I was a vulnerable junior associate in a Biglaw firm who nevertheless kept my job, and I hope all of us do the same during this crisis too. To that end, here are some tips from the trenches of the 2008-2009 law firm meltdown that I think are just as salient today as they were when Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, and others were collapsing over a decade ago, updated to reflect what I think will be a new normal for in-house and law firm attorneys going forward once the crisis ebbs.

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Highlights from Special Counsel’s 2020 law firm & in-house counsel salary guide

It’s 2020 salary guide season! Let’s take a look at this year’s compensation guide published by Special Counsel (which includes data from their formidable Parker + Lynch attorney recruiting group). It covers both corporate legal department salaries as well as law firms and reports on data from 6000 legal professionals across 60 cities in the U.S. Here are some key takeaways if you’re using the guide to either benchmark your current comp or when negotiating pay for a new position.

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