Playing its hand in the south Florida associate pay stakes, Greenberg Traurig on Monday 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.

At the same time, the firm announced a major change to its pro bono policy in south Florida. Matthew B. 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.

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