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Four more firms � Cooley Godward, Fenwick & West, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton � said Thursday they are bumping up associate salaries, following the lead of L.A. based firms. All four firms matched the newly emerging benchmark for first-years of $135,000. Cooley is lifting other years by $5,000 to $10,000, while Sheppard is raising other years by $5,000. At both firms, fourth-years will now earn $170,000 and seventh-years $210,000, as is the case with the handful of L.A. and now Bay Area firms that have increased pay in recent weeks. “Our philosophy is ultimately to have extremely competitive total compensation,” said Cooley Chief Operating Officer Mark Pitchford. “The base is only one component of the total. We believe that we may in fact pay the highest total compensation within certain classes within certain of our markets.” “We’ve made a commitment to our associates to pay market, and over the past couple of weeks, the market has gone up,” said Guy Halgren, the chairman of Sheppard Mullin’s executive committee. “To serve our clients, we have to have the best talent. And to get the best talent, we have to pay market.” Fenwick & West bumped first-year pay $10,000, from $125,000 to $135,000. Fenwick’s new managing partner, Kathryn Fritz, said that the firm would decide next if it would bump base pay for other years. L.A.-based O’Melveny & Myers; Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker; and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher all lifted pay earlier this month. They were preceded by mid-sized firms Irell & Manella; Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges; and Munger, Tolles & Olson. Over the last week, Bay Area firms Keker & Van Nest and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati matched the salary increases. While all of the firms have lifted first year pay to $135,000, second-year pay ranges from $135,000 to $145,000. Some of the firms lifting salaries have done so for all associates in all offices while others have limited it to just U.S. associates or to associates in certain U.S. cities. Boies, Schiller & Flexner, a New York-based firm with an Oakland office, said it had raised associate base pay back in September. First-years there earn $144,000. Fourth-years make $168,000 and seventh-years make $186,000.

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