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Our value per lawyer metric demonstrates how much, on average, each of a firm’s lawyers contributes to total partner compensation. On average, value per lawyer for the Am Law 100 increased 4 percent, up from 2.4 percent in 2016.


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A firm’s VPL is its compensation–all partners divided by its lawyer count. We express it two ways: as a dollar amount and as the number of lawyers needed to generate $10 million in partner compensation. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz has led this ranking since the metric’s inception in 2005. At that firm, each lawyer contributed an average of $1.9 million in 2017, and it took an average of 5.3 lawyers to generate $10 million. For more on how we calculate these figures, see our methodology.

The chart has been updated to show that Paul Hastings’ VPL is $705,000.


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Gina Passarella Cipriani

Gina Passarella is editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer. She has covered the business of law for her entire career, first as a reporter and special projects editor with The Legal Intelligencer in Pennsylvania and then as senior editor for business of law in ALM's global newsroom. She took over as editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer in January 2017.

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