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Sandra Goldstein. (Courtesy photo)

It’s big news when a partner leaves the hallowed halls of Cravath, Swaine & Moore. And even bigger news when the partner is a woman. But when that move comes with reports that she’ll be making $11 million annually for the next five years (not counting the sign-up bonus), the news is a showstopper.

That describes Sandra Goldstein, who recently vaulted to Kirkland & Ellis from Cravath. Though it’s hard to say if she’s officially the highest paid female partner in Big Law, I’m willing to bet she’s way up there. (According to The New York Times, which broke the story about her compensation, the amount “is an estimate and not technically a guarantee,” though two people involved in discussions with her confirmed the amount.)

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Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen is a senior columnist at The American Lawyer and the creator of The Careerist blog.

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