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Wage Wars Scorecard: Which Corporations Have Introduced Raises? (2021)

Firm Date Matched Special Bonuses Milbank
Class of 2020/2021: $200K $205K
Class of 2013: $355K $365K FIRST MOVER
June 10, 2021
June 29, 2021 (re-raise) Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2013: $64K McDermott Will & Emery
Class of 2020: $200K $205K
Class of 2013: $355K $365K June 10, 2021
June 11, 2021 (re-raise) Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Cadwalader
Class of 2020/2021: $200K
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $355K $365K June 10, 2021
June 16, 2021 (re-raise) Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Mintz
Class of 2020/2021: $200K
Class of 2013: $355K June 10, 2021 No Arent Fox
1st Years: $190K
2nd-8th Years: Individualized (but likely in the +$15K range) June 10, 2021 No (but the firm is adjusting its productivity bonuses, will range from $15K to $75K for 1950 hours) Fenwick
Tier 1/Level 1: $200K $205K
Tier 3: $355K $350K-$375K June 10, 2021
June 22, 2021 (re-raise) Yes (hours-based)
Tier 1/Level 1: $12K
Tier 3: $64K Davis Polk
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K NEW MARKET LEADER
June 11, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Winston & Strawn
Class of 2021: $205K
Class of 2020: $200K $205K
Class of 2013+: $355K $365K June 11, 2021
June 23, 2021 (re-raise) Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2013+: $64K Baker McKenzie
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 11, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2013+: $64K Dechert
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 11, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K minimum
Class of 2014+: $12K minimum, “enhanced” up to $64K Lowenstein
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: “corresponding [salary] adjustment” June 11, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2013: $64K Proskauer Rose
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 11, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2013: $64K Cleary Gottlieb
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 11, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2013: $64K Gunderson Dettmer
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2012: $375K June 11, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2013+: $64K Polsinelli
Class of 2022: $170K to $200K, depending on market
Class of 2013: Presumptive corresponding salary adjustments June 11, 2021 No Vinson & Elkins
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 14, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Pillsbury
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2014: $350K
Counsel: $365K June 14, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014/Counsel: $64K: $64K Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: Presumptive corresponding salary adjustments June 14, 2021 No Boies Schiller
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 14, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+ $64K O’Melveny & Myers
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 15, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Skadden
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 15, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Hueston Hennigan
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 15, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Mayer Brown
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 15, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Ropes & Gray
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 16, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Freshfields
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 16, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Akin Gump
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 16, 2021 Yes (potentially hours-based for second payment)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Norton Rose Fulbright
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K
(only applies in California, New York, Texas, and D.C. offices; presumed raises on “regional scale” in other offices) June 16, 2021 Yes (hours-based; only in California, New York, Texas, and D.C.; payouts on “regional scale” in other offices)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Seyfarth
A; P1: $170K (Charlotte, Houston, Sacramento, Seattle) / $190K (New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, Los Angeles)
SA; P3: $265K / $320K June 16, 2021 No Selendy & Gay
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2014: $350K June 16, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $13.8K
Class of 2014+: $73.6K Seward & Kissel
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 16, 2021 No Wilson Sonsini
Class of 2021: $205K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 16, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2012+: $64K Schulte Roth & Zabel
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2012: $375K June 16, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2012: $64K DLA Piper
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2012+: $375K June 16, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2012: $64K Wilkinson Stekloff
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 16, 2021 No Cravath
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2014: $350K June 16, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014: $64K Paul Weiss
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 16, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Sheppard Mullin
Entry Level: $202.5K
Counsel 2: $365K June 17, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
A1: $12K
C2: $64K Willkie Farr
Class of 2020/2021: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 17, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Fried Frank
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2012: $375K June 17, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Munger Tolles
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 17, 2021 No Morgan Lewis
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 17, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Goodwin
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 17, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K WilmerHale
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 17, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Paul Hastings
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 17, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Allen & Overy
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 17, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2013: $64K Fish & Richardson
A1: $205K
A7: $350K June 17, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
A1: $12K
A7: $64K Debevoise
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2012+: $375K June 17, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Cohen Ziffer
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 17, 2021 No (firm founded less than 6 months ago) Simpson Thacher
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 17, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2013: $64K Kirkland & Ellis
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2015: $330K June 17, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2015+: $59.2K White & Case
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 17, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2013+: $64K Quinn Emanuel
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 17, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K/$15K
Class of 2014: $64K/$80K Hogan Lovells
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 17, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Cooley
Class of 2021: $205K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2012: $375K June 17, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Gibson Dunn
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 17, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Katten Muchin
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2014+: $350K June 17, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Kramer Levin
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2012: $375K June 17, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Hunton Andrews Kurth
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K
(based on performance evaluations) June 17, 2021 Yes (hours-based)

Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K

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Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 17, 2021 Yes (hours-based) Baker Botts
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 18, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K McKool Smith
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2014: $350K June 18, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Irell
Class of 2021: $205K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 18, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $26.5K
Class of 2014+: $73K Keker Van Nest
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 18, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Reid Collins & Tsai
1st-3rd Year: $225K
3rd-5th Year: $275K
5th-7th Year: $325K
6th Year+ (nonequity partners): $400K June 18, 2021 No (but firm has paid out ~$80K per associate in bonuses in 2021 thus far) Kellogg Hansen
1st Year: $245K
6th Year+: $370K June 21, 2021 No Sidley
Class of 2021: $205K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 21, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Sullivan & Cromwell
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 21, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014: $64K Latham
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2012+: $375K June 21, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Desmarais
Class of 2020: $210K
Class of 2013: $370K June 21, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Weil Gotshal
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2014: $350K June 21, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+/3-Year Counsel: $64K Cahill
Class of 2021: $205K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 21, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014: $64K Covington
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 21, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Choate Hall
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2012: $375K June 21, 2021 No Clifford Chance
Class of 2021: $205K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 21, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Haynes & Boone
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2014: $350K
(raise contingent on having billed 1800 hours in the 12 months prior as of June 30, 2021; class of 2020 exempt) June 21, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Orrick
Incoming Year 1 Assoc: $202.5K
Year 1 Assoc: $205K
Senior Assoc Year 2: $350K (eligible for $15K adjustment, for a total of $365K) June 21, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K/$13.1K
Class of 2014/Counsel: $64K/$70K Chapman & Cutler
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 21, 2021 No Ross Aronstam
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 21, 2021 Yes
Class of 2017: $44K
Class of 2014+: $64K Sherman & Sterling
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 21, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Steptoe & Johnson
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 21, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Dorsey & Whitney
4th Year+ (Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Denver): $10-15K raises June 21, 2021 Yes (hours-based; not by class year; below market)
1800-1899: $2.5K
2400+: $20K Arnold & Porter
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 22, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Linklaters
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 22, 2021 Yes
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Torys
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 22, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Perkins Coie
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 23, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K King & Spalding
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2014+: $350K June 24, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Brown Rudnick
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2014: $350K June 24, 2021 No Snell & Wilmer
1st Years: $190K (LA/OC/SD/DC)
$150K (Denver/PHX/SLC)
$145K (LV/Portland)
$135K (Reno/Tucson)
2nd Years+: Individualized, black box June 24, 2021 No Jenner & Block
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2014: $350K June 24, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014: $64K Kelley Drye
All class years raised by $10K June 25, 2021 Yes (off-market; hours-based)
Discovery Attorneys: $5,000
Class of 2018-2020: $10K
Class of 2015-2017: $20K
Class of 2014+: $30K Jones Day
Class of 2020: $210K
Class of 2019+: Individualized, black box June 25, 2021 No Glenn Agre
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $365K June 28, 2021 No Reed Smith
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2019+: New national payscale to be announced on July 7 June 28, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014: $64K Alston & Bird
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2014+: $350K+ June 28, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Susman Godfrey
Class of 2020: $210K
Class of 2013: $370K June 29, 2021 No Stroock
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K June 29, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Faegre Drinker
1st Years/8th Years: $205K/$315K (CA/CH/DC/NY)
$190K/$300K (PH)
$180K/$280K (CO/DA/MN/NJ/WM)
$150K/$230K (IN)
$140K/$215K (DM/FW)) July 1, 2021 No Foley & Lardner
Class of 2021: $202.5K
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2019: $215K
Class of 2018+: merit-based, “comparable” to DPW scale July 1, 2021 Yes (hours-based)
Class of 2020: $12K
Class of 2014+: $64K Holwell Shuster & Goldberg
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2014: $340K July 1, 2021 No Stoel Rives
$10K pay increase for all class years across all markets July 1, 2021 No K&L Gates
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013: $365K
Salaries individualized based on market compensation July 2, 2021 No Vedder Price
Class of 2020: $205K
Class of 2013+: $305K-$325K
Salaries individualized based on “market factors” July 3, 2021 No

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