Dickstein Shapiro Abandoning Lockstep
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

The lockstep march away from lockstep compensation continues unabated as 2010 gets into full swing. The latest firm to join the thundering herd is Dickstein Shapiro, which will initiate a three tiered merit based system as of January 22. Regulars readers of our page are no doubt familiar with the basic concept – associates are broken down into three tiers based on various subjective and objective criteria. Dickstein Shapiro associates are, in yet another market conforming convention, broken down into A and B levels within their tiers to determine base pay.

Entry level A associates will be making $145k per year and Entry B associates will earn $160k. What’s the difference between level A and level B associates? According to a statement made to abovethelaw, it’s “…based on their achievement in a number of core competencies, including productivity, problem solving, legal research, writing, communication, fact development, negotiation skills, supervisory responsibilities, and adherence to the firm’s core values…”.

Maybe it’s just me, but if I had known that I could earn $145k per year working as a lawyer in a major law firm without being productive, competent at problem solving, legal research, writing, communication, fact development and negotiating, I would have chosen a different career. That sounds like easy money. As for supervisory responsibilities, how much supervising are entry level associates expected to do?


It’s easy to pick on Dickstein Shapiro for basing salary differences on the skills required to be a lawyer, but the truth is it’s not all that different from a variety of firms moving toward merit based compensation plans.

Dickstein Shapiro LLP, founded in 1953, is a multi-service law firm with more than 400 attorneys in Washington, DC, New York, and Los Angeles.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!


Interesting Legal Sites You May Like




Search Now

Mid-level Litigation Attorney with motions experience


Seattle office of our client seeks mid-level litigation attorney with 3-5 years of experience, inclu...

Apply Now

Environmental /Land Use Attorney with 2-3 years of experience

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco office of our client seeks environmental /land use attorney with 2-3 years of experien...

Apply Now

Litigation Attorney with 2-5 years of insurance defense experience


Jacksonville office of our client seeks litigation attorney with 2-5 years of previous insurance def...

Apply Now

Junior to Mid-level Trademark Attorney with counseling experience


Seattle office of our client seeks junior to mid-level trademark attorney with preferably 2+ years o...

Apply Now


Managing Director, Litigation Finance Investments


Title                ...

Apply now

Contract Associate


Seeking lawyer with at least 2 yrs experience in complex real estate transactional matters, with wil...

Apply now



Our Syracuse, NY office seeks an Associate with 3-5 years experience defending general liabilit...

Apply now

Experienced Insurance Defense Attorney Needed


Insurance Defense firm (with 15 attorneys in Suffolk and Mineola location), seeks attorneys with 5+ ...

Apply now

Most Popular


To Top