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Billing Rates for Junior and Senior Associates Buy the 2004 NLJ Associate Class Billing Survey
The following is a sampling of hourly rates chargedby law firms that establish billing rates based on associate class. The name of eachfirm is followed by its number of attorneys and the location of its principal orlargest office.
Alston & Bird(706) (Atlanta)
1st $186 5th $283
2nd $213 6th $320
3rd $235 7th $332
4th $264 8th $366
Blank Rome(459) (Philadelphia)
1st $185-$215 5th $210-$270
2nd $190-$225 6th $215-$280
3rd $195-$240 7th $230-$310
4th $205-$225 8th $240-$340
Brown RaysmanMillstein Felder & Steiner (236) (New York)
1st $230 5th $315
2nd $250 6th $340
3rd $270 7th $365
4th $295 8th $380
Crowell & Moring(275) (Washington)
1st $225 5th $325
2nd $255 6th $345
3rd $280 7th $365
4th $300 8th $365
Davis WrightTremaine (382) (Seattle)
1st $170 5th $235
2nd $190 6th $245
3rd $205 7th $260
4th $220 8th $270
Day, Berry & Howard (240)(Hartford, Conn.)
1st $180-$195 5th $245-$295
2nd $195-$225 6th $265-$320
3rd $225-$250 7th $285-$345
4th $235-$275 8th $295-$355
Dinsmore & Shohl(244) (Cincinnati)
1st $135 5th $185
2nd $140 6th $195
3rd $155 7th $205
4th $170 8th $215
DrinkerBiddle & Reath (458) (Philadelphia)
1st $170 5th $260
2nd $200 6th $270
3rd $220 7th $275
4th $240 8th $285
Gardere Wynne Sewell (290)(Dallas)
1st $165 5th $245
2nd $180 6th $260
3rd $205 7th $275
4th $230 8th $290
Hogan & Hartson(996) (Washington)
1st $225 5th $325
2nd $250 6th $350
3rd $275 7th $375
4th $300 8th $400
Jenkens & Gilchrist(459) (Dallas)
1st $195 5th $265
2nd $211 6th $280
3rd $230 7th $292
4th $249 8th $302
Kelley Drye & Warren (317)(New York)
1st $220 5th $320
2nd $245 6th $340
3rd $270 7th $360
4th $300 8th $380
Kramer LevinNaftalis & Frankel (306) (New York)
1st $250 5th $390
2nd $260 6th $425
3rd $320 7th $440
4th $360 8th $455
Lewis, Rice & Fingersh (174)(St. Louis)
1st $150 5th $230
2nd $175 6th $250
3rd $195 7th $265
4th $220 8th $285
Luce, Forward,Hamilton & Scripps (160) (San Diego)
1st $170 5th $250-$275
2nd $200 6th $250-$295
3rd $215 7th $270-$295
4th $230-$235 8th $290-$350
Manatt,Phelps & Phillips (310) (Los Angeles)
1st $225 5th $340
2nd $255 6th $365
3rd $285 7th $385
4th $310 8th $425
McCarter & English(348) (Newark, N.J.)
1st $180 5th $245
2nd $200 6th $250
3rd $215 7th $260-$265
4th $240 8th $270-$275
Patton Boggs (382) (Washington)
1st $190 5th $270
2nd $205 6th $285
3rd $220 7th $305
4th $245 8th $325
Piper Rudnick(980) (Chicago)
1st $213 5th $303
2nd $225 6th $323
3rd $257 7th $330
4th $277 8th $361
Pitney Hardin(185) (Florham Park, N.J.)
1st $170-$180 5th $230-$275
2nd $175-$220 6th $250-$300
3rd $180-$225 7th $250-$315
4th $220-$250 8th $250-$315
Powell Goldstein(291) (Atlanta)
1st $175 5th $230
2nd $190 6th $260
3rd $200 7th $270
4th $210 8th $270
SchulteRoth & Zabel (366) (New York)
1st $200 5th $390
2nd $280 6th $410
3rd $330 7th $430
4th $365 8th $450
Sheppard,Mullin, Richter & Hampton (410) (Los Angeles)
1st $220 5th $305
2nd $240 6th $325
3rd $260 7th $345
4th $280 8th $360
Shumaker,Loop & Kendrick (159) (Toledo, Ohio)
1st $150 5th $175
2nd $155 6th $180
3rd $160 7th $185
4th $165 8th $195
Steel Hector & Davis(194) (Miami)
1st $185 5th $245-$255
2nd $200 6th $265-$275
3rd $230 7th $275
4th $235-$245 8th $305
Wiley Rein & Fielding(246) (Washington)
1st $190 5th $280
2nd $215 6th $295
3rd $240 7th $315
4th $260 8th $325
(The National Law Journal, December 2004)

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