Maybe it is the lasting effects of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s collapse partly over guaranteeing partners high salaries for years. Maybe it is a shift away from rewarding revenue toward prioritizing profits.

For a number of reasons, firms might start to put their foot down when it comes to rainmakers who threaten to leave unless their salary is increased. These partners might not be shown the door in an era where capturing revenue is key, but the firms won’t block the exit—that is, if the circumstances are right.

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