Author: Dollar Barrister

BarkerGilmore’s 2020 in-house counsel compensation guide is a mixed bag for corporate lawyers

The 2020 iteration of BarkerGilmore’s in-house counsel salary guide is here, and it’s a mixed bag for in-house compensation. To keep things consistent, we’ve updated our summary of compensation data points from the 2019 guide with the new numbers from 2020. BarkerGilmore compiled this data from 1900 lawyers who responded between February and April of 2020 (essentially pre-COVID, so of course you should expect these numbers to change dramatically in the 2021 iteration of this and other salary surveys.)

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Digging into detailed cash compensation data from Major, Lindsey & Africa’s 2020 in-house counsel compensation survey

Next up in the march of 2020 in-house corporate counsel salary guides is Major, Lindsey, & Africa’s survey, which it conducted in the fall of 2019. MLA received 3900 responses from 36 countries, soliciting feedback from nearly 26,000 in-house lawyers worldwide. There is a ton of highly granular data which cavasses details like salary by geography, practice area, company size, gender, and much more. And, whether you are already in-house and/or employed, or not, the results will be illuminating as you brace for salary discussions in the age of COVID or otherwise consider your career path after working from home under quarantine conditions over the last couple of months.

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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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Excited to launch our 62-page “Ultimate Guide to Going In-House and Succeeding as Corporate Counsel!”

Our Ultimate Guide to Going In-House and Succeeding as Corporate Counsel is a 62-page, 23,000-word, e-book that peels back the curtain on everything you need to know about getting an in-house position and succeeding once you walk in the door. It’s priced at 349 because (1) by paying for it you are more likely to implement the lessons learned in here and get yourself out of the law firm; (2) it’s a tip of the cap to the “sweet spot” for going in-house: 3 to 9 years inside of a law firm in private practice; and (3) it contains template cover letters, negotiation scripts, a form CV, and lots of other goodies that I think you’ll find make it well-worth the price.

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