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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati will match the increases in base salaries for associates announced by some big Los Angeles-based firms in the past few weeks. Effective Feb. 1, first- and second-year associates pay will jump $10,000, to $135,000 and $145,000 respectively. Third through ninth-year associates will all get a $5,000 raise. The move places compensation for fourth-year associates at $170,000 and seventh-years at $210,000. Wilson’s move matches increased salaries announced at Los Angeles-based O’Melveny & Myers and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker last week. San Francisco-based Keker & Van Nest followed days later. The first large California firm to hike associate pay was Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in December. In September, three midsize firms based in L.A. � Irell & Manella, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, and Munger, Tolles & Olson � also lifted their salaries. Wilson’s CEO, John Roos, said the firm has been debating the issue for some weeks and that no one firm’s move had determined its decision. “All of our competition had something to do with it,” Roos said. “Obviously we want to attract the best people to the firm.” Roos added that Wilson also made the decision based on its performance in 2005 and its position in the market. Wilson is predicting that when its year ends Jan. 31, it will see year-over-year revenue growth of 8 percent, to $406 million. According to The Recorder’s Associate Salary survey, Wilson’s bonuses, as awarded in January 2005 for first-years, fall within a range of $1,000 to $12,000. Fourth-years earn up to $21,000 in bonuses, and seventh-years up to $35,000. Additionally, Wilson awards quarterly productivity bonuses to associates. Roos said he did not yet have information about bonuses to be awarded this month. “I look at the overall bonus pool, and I expect it to be up. But as far as answering [specifically], I don’t have that information.” Other Silicon Valley firms haven’t yet announced their intentions. Cooley Godward Chief Operating Officer Mark Pitchford said the firm had set the end of the week as a deadline to make its decision. “We are aware of the movement and the growing trend,” Pitchford said. “Wilson’s move is just further evidence of where the market is moving.” Cooley’s first-year associates currently earn $125,000, fourth-years earn $165,000, and seventh-years earn $200,000. Fenwick & West Chairman Gordon Davidson also said he hoped to make a decision “this week or next.” “We’ve always paid competitive salaries and bonuses to attract associates, and we expect to continue to do so,” said Davidson. Fenwick pays first-year associates $125,000, Davidson said. New York-based Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has been paying $140,000 to first-years nationwide, including in California. Latham & Watkins remains the only large L.A.-based firm that pays first-year associates $125,000.

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