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GREENBERG UPS PAY, CHANGES PRO BONO MIAMI � Playing its hand in the south Florida associate pay stakes, Greenberg Traurig has raised the starting base salaries of its rookie lawyers in Miami and Fort Lauderdale to $135,000 and their total compensation packages to more than $150,000. The firm also announced a major change to its pro bono policy in south Florida. Matthew Gorson, Greenberg’s national operating shareholder in Miami, said the firm now will let associates count 20 hours of pro bono work toward their billable-hour targets. Previously, the firm generally did not count pro bono work toward those targets unless the firm specifically asked the associate to work on the pro bono matter. In its response to the annual Am Law 200 survey, Greenberg recently reported that on a firmwide basis the pro bono hours contributed by the firm’s lawyers dropped by 15 percent in 2006. The justices of the Florida Supreme Court recently have pushed lawyers and law firms to step up their work on behalf of poor people in the state. Pro bono experts say letting lawyers count pro bono work toward billable-hour targets is a powerful incentive. In addition to raising the first-year base salary to $135,000, Greenberg will pay its rookies a $5,000 signing bonus, a $5,000 year-end bonus, about $5,000 in Bar costs and discretionary year-end bonuses of $1,500 to $3,000. Gorson said the base salary increase represents a $15,000 raise for the firm’s first-years.

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