A handful of elite boutiques are once again offering above-market bonuses, as top-paying big firms largely adhere to the scale set by Baker McKenzie in November.

This year, litigation-heavy firms reported stronger demand as the pandemic-induced backlog of court cases began to unwind and new trial matters poured in. Firm leaders at top trial firms expect a similar or busier landscape for litigation in 2023 even as the threat of a recession looms.