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Hogan & Hartson and Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky have raised base pay for first-year associates in their major U.S. offices from $125,000 to $135,000. Both firms have also raised salaries for more experienced associates as well. The move is in response to a wave of increases given to associates at other major firms, including Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, O’Melveny & Myers, and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker. “Looking at the national market, we had to maintain competitive levels to attract the best talent,” says J. Warren Gorrell Jr., Hogan’s chairman. Beginning this past fall, a number of California firms raised their starting pay to $135,000. Those raises were matched by some larger firms, including DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, and by intellectual property boutiques such as Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner. And New York’s Sullivan & Cromwell just hiked first-year pay to $145,000. But Washington’s major general practice firms had resisted boosting pay recently. Dickstein Shapiro’s managing committee voted on the raises in late January. Hogan’s announcement was sent to its lawyers via e-mail on Feb. 2. The new first-year salary level at Hogan will apply to lawyers in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Northern Virginia, and Baltimore. Senior associates will also get at least a $10,000 boost in their annual pay. Second-year associates who bill 1,950 hours annually in Hogan’s major domestic offices will see their pay rise to $145,000; third-years, to $160,000; fourth-years, to $175,000; fifth-years, to $190,000; sixth-years, to $205,000; seventh-years, to $215,000; and eighth-years, to $225,000. Dickstein will also pay second-year associates in its three offices $145,000. Third-year associates in Washington and Los Angeles will get $155,000, while those in New York will get $165,000. “We must and we will attract the best legal talent for our clients,” says Michael Nannes, Dickstein’s managing partner.
Jason McLure can be contacted at [email protected].

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