DLA Piper expects to keep scaling back the size of its associate classes and to make more use of staff attorneys as it revamps its associate program in the face of client demands and the need for cost-cutting, according to the firm's leaders. The largest law firm in the United States, DLA hopes by year's end to have a new associate compensation, training and promotion structure that discards the traditional "lockstep" system of paying associates based on years of service.
DLA Piper Plans to Keep Reducing Associate Classes, Discard Lockstep System
The National Law Journal
June 25, 2009