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1. Denise Keane: At the top of this year’s rankings is Denise Keane of Altria Group Inc. , whose earnings totaled $9,000,500.

2. Alan Braverman: In second place is Alan Braverman of the Walt Disney Co, who brought home total cash compensation of $6,989,000.

3. Laureen Seeger: The only woman aside from Altria’s Denise Keane to grace the top 10 list on this year’s survey, Laureen Seeger is the GC of American Express Company. Total cash compensation last year was $6,193,000.

4. Paul Cappuccio: Coming in at number four in this year’s rankings is Paul Cappuccio of Time Warner Inc., who made $6,014,750 in total cash.

5. Lawrence Tu: Right behind Cappuccio is another legal department leader with a hand in the media and entertainment businesses—Lawrence Tu of CBS Corporation was paid a cool $5,000,000 in total cash last year.

6. Bruce Campbell: Discovery Communications Inc. paid Bruce Campbell $4,294,423 to lead the company’s legal department last year.

7. Michael Luttig: Michael Luttig, who heads the legal department at The Boeing Company, used to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He racked up $4,161,953 in cash compensation last year.

8. Alan Crain: The oil and the money are both flowing for Alan Crain of Baker Hughes, the GE-owned oil field services behemoth. Crain brought home $3,725,000 in total cash compensation last year.

10. Jonathan Graham: Last but certainly not least (compensated) is Jonathan Graham of Amgen Inc. who made $3,081,789 in total cash for his work at the biotech company last year.

Each year, ALM Legal Intelligence, a Corporate Counsel affiliate, digs through proxy filings from companies to determine how much some of the biggest name in-house legal leaders in the land are getting paid. Our 2017 General Counsel Compensation Survey, which reflects pay data from fiscal year 2016, shows that, while GCs at major U.S. still aren’t paid quite as much as, say, their CEO counterparts, their paychecks are certainly nothing to sneeze at.  Here are the top ten in-house earners, ranked by total cash compensation, a metric that integrates salary, bonus and other non-equity pay.

Rebekah Mintzer

Rebekah is the editor of the In-House Desk at American Lawyer Media. She and her team work on telling stories about corporate legal departments and what makes in-house lawyers tick.

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