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Salaries will be on the rise at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis in a few months. The firm said it would increase starting salaries from $125,000 to $135,000 in its Philadelphia office, effective Sept. 1. Corresponding increases will be given in other offices as well, the firm said. It is still in the process of determining increases for more senior classes of associates in all of its offices. An increase to the firm’s year-end merit-bonus pool has also been made, the firm said. “These changes reflect changes in the market in Philadelphia, and across the nation, with regard to starting salaries,” firm Chairman Ralph Wellington said in a statement. “However, beyond just the changes in the market, these increases also reflect how much the firm greatly values its associates.” Schnader Harrison follows a slower-moving group of Philadelphia firms that have increased starting salaries this year as compared with last year’s rapid succession of salary increases. In 2006, firms often made their salary increases retroactive to the start of their fiscal year, but in 2007 firms are giving themselves a little more time, often making the increases effective later in the year. So far this year, Cherry Hill, N.J.-based Flaster Greenberg will raise its starting pay from $120,000 to $130,000 in all of its offices, effective in September. Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll will move from $125,000 to $135,000 in all of its offices on July 1. Drinker Biddle & Reath moved up its timeline for salary increases, effectively creating two salary hikes in one year. The firm originally planned to pay its first-years $135,000, effective Sept. 1, 2007, but made the increase effective March 1 for the Philadelphia, New Jersey, Chicago and Wilmington offices. Those offices will then move up to $145,000, effective Sept. 1. Wolf Block Schorr & Solis-Cohen moved its starting Philadelphia salary to $135,000 and its New York starting salary to $145,000, retroactive to the start of its fiscal year on Feb. 1. Duane Morris, Blank Rome and DLA Piper have each raised associate salaries in Philadelphia to $135,000 retroactive to Jan. 1. Morgan Lewis & Bockius and Dechert increased Philadelphia starting salaries to $145,000.

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