No one is going to shed a tear for the 20,466 equity partners of The Am Law 100. Compared with most folks, every one of them is raking it in. Still, this year we’ve seen the biggest spread in average profits per partner in 30 years (Wachtell’s $5.5 million vs. Littler Mendelson’s $515,000). Moreover, 12 firms topped $3 million in profits per partner, and the average PPP wasn’t shabby, either: $1,547,383.
The big question, of course, is how much better partners in the $3-million-plus range live compared with those making millions less. With New York as the backdrop, here’s a look.