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MOFO, MANATT MATCH ASSOCIATE BASE PAY Two more firms – Morrison & Foerster and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips – announced Tuesday that they are raising associate base pay in line with the recent wave of increases initiated by some of the big Los Angeles firms. Both MoFo and Manatt are now paying first-year associates $135,000, fourth-year associates $170,000 and seventh-year associates $210,000. At both firms, the raises are retroactive to Jan. 1. MoFo Chairman Keith Wetmore said he was raising second-year pay $10,000, to $145,000. Manatt will hike second-year pay $5,000, to $140,000. MoFo’s pay hikes apply in all markets except New York, where associates earn guaranteed bonuses of between $30,000 and $60,000. Wetmore said he didn’t want to exceed the L.A. raises initiated when mid-sized players Irell & Manell and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges first hiked pay last year “because everybody would follow.” “Quinn Emanuel tried that and look what happened,” Wetmore added. “Gunderson tried that and look what happened.” In 1999, Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian started a similar wave of associate pay increases when it raised first-year base pay from the then-high of $96,000 to $125,000. Meanwhile, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has announced its bonuses. First-years can earn $20,000 by working a minimum of 1,700 hours. Fourth-year bonuses were set at $25,000, and seventh-year associates are eligible for a $45,000 bonus. The firm also awards quarterly productivity bonuses, based on hours worked. According to the firm’s CEO, John Roos, the overall bonus pool is up 29 percent. “We’re excited about the year we had,” Roos said. “Our associates are the lifeblood of the organization, and we are happy to share this size bonus pool.” � Marie-Anne Hogarth and Kellie Schmitt FUNDRAISING FIGURES RELEASED IN DA’S RACE SAN JOSE – With the primary still four months away, three of the four candidates for Santa Clara County district attorney have raised more than $100,000, according to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday. Dolores Carr has pulled in $134,206 in the four months since announcing she was taking a leave from the bench to join the race. Carr had also spent the most money as of Dec. 31. According to her finance statement filed with the county elections office, Carr’s expenditures totaled $87,786, which includes $28,169 in unpaid bills. Deputy DA James Shore has pulled in $111,315 since October. He’s spent about $6,500 so far. Chief Assistant DA Karyn Sinunu – who collected $100,000 in the first six months of her campaign – raised about $76,000 during the July 1 to Dec. 31 filing period, bringing her fundraising total to $176,873. Sinunu, retiring DA George Kennedy’s hand-picked successor, has spent about $25,000 so far. Longtime Assistant DA Marc Buller is trailing in the money race. According to his election filings, Buller raised $24,889 in the latest period. His year-to-date total is $44,989. He has spent $15,000 in this campaign so far. The primary election is set for June 6. � Julie O’Shea

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