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Give Gary Lynch credit for making a dramatic entrance. The chief legal officer for New York-based Morgan Stanley debuted on Corporate Counsel‘s annual survey of general counsel compensation with a whopping $6.3 million bonus. That large pot of cash earned him the No. 2 spot overall on our elite roster. A look at the nation’s 100 top-paid general counsel in 2007, as measured by the 2008 GC Compensation Survey, shows that he’s in good company. Simply put, the top legal officers at Fortune 500 companies raked it in. And that was true even for those heading the law departments at such financial institutions as Morgan Stanley, which are reeling after the collapse of the subprime mortgage market.

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