Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
In the most recent round of the salary wars, the dominoes seemed to be falling at a more leisurely pace than usual — at least in D.C. But, with a few more area behemoths last week raising starting salaries to $160,000 for first-year associates, it’s unlikely that any major players will be able to delay matching much longer. The curfew bell hath rung. Last Tuesday, D.C. stalwart WilmerHale raised starting salaries for first-year associates to $160,000 in all of its domestic offices. “We’ve been watching the market develop over the last several weeks,” firm Co-chairman William Perlstein says. “The fact is that no single law firm can swing the market away from the direction in which it is otherwise going.” Arnold & Porter followed a few days later, announcing on Friday that it would match in its D.C., Northern Virginia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Denver offices. “We want to be competitive in the markets in which we operate,” says Arnold & Porter Chairman Thomas Milch, noting though that no single factor led the firm to increase salaries when it did. The firms’ moves come two weeks after Hogan & Hartson and Akin Gump boosted first-year pay to $160,000 from $145,000 in their D.C. offices. Although more than 20 New York and California firms were already at that level before Hogan jumped on the $160,000 bandwagon, the firm was the first D.C. native to do so. Meanwhile, a number of out-of-town firms last week matched the $160,000 level in D.C., as well as in some of their other offices across the country, including Goodwin Procter, DLA Piper, Kirkland & Ellis, McDermott, Will & Emery, Mayer, Brown, Rowe, & Mawe, Sidley Austin, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, and Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. Wilmer, A&P and many of the other firms raising last week made their pay hikes effective June 1. Covington & Burling, Crowell & Moring, and Wiley Rein declined to comment about their intentions as of press time.
Alexia Garamfalvi can be contacted at [email protected].

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]

Reprints & Licensing
Mentioned in a Law.com story?

License our industry-leading legal content to extend your thought leadership and build your brand.


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.