In the quarter-century since The American Lawyer began tracking the nation’s 100 largest law firms, total gross revenue for that cohort has multiplied more than tenfold, from $7 billion to $71 billion. In nominal terms the average Am Law 100 PPP has more than quadrupled, from $324,500 to about $1.4 million. Providing fodder to those who see a widening class divide, the average Am Law 100 partner earned 11.3 times the average American employee’s compensation in 1986, and 23.4 times that benchmark in 2010, the last year for which data is available.
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