Milbank Law Firm Boosts Attorney Salaries and Year-End Bonuses
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New York-based law firm Milbank, known for igniting a salary war in the legal industry last year, has again raised the bar by enhancing its attorney compensation packages. This move is poised to create a ripple effect across the legal sector, setting new standards for associate pay scales.

Upward Shift in Base Salaries

Under the revamped seniority-based salary scale introduced by Milbank, first-year associates are set to witness a significant increase in their base salary. Their compensation will jump from $215,000 to $225,000, as revealed in a confidential internal memo dated Tuesday, reviewed by Reuters. For eighth-year associates, the salary scale will peak at a substantial $425,000, demonstrating Milbank’s commitment to rewarding experience and dedication.


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Generous Year-End Bonuses

In addition to elevating base salaries, Milbank will also provide year-end bonuses to associates based on their level of seniority. These bonuses will range from $15,000 (pro-rated) to $115,000, mirroring the bonus structure implemented across major U.S. law firms in the previous year. Eligible good-standing associates are set to receive these bonuses on or before December 31st. The anticipation of such generous bonuses further fuels motivation and commitment among the legal professionals at the firm.

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Promising Prospects for 2023

Milbank’s decision to raise salaries and announce year-end bonuses is a testament to the firm’s continued success and its optimistic outlook for the future. As per the memo shared by Milbank’s chair, Scott Edelman, the firm remains exceptionally busy across all departments, and this robust activity is expected to persist throughout the remainder of the year. This bodes well for both the firm’s associates and its clients.

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Effective in January

The revised base salaries are set to take effect in January, ensuring that associates at Milbank will start the new year with an improved compensation structure. This news will likely boost morale and attract top legal talent to the firm.

Industry-Leading Trendsetter

Milbank, with its expansive presence, including hundreds of lawyers spread across 12 offices globally, is taking the lead in this year’s announcement of salary increases and year-end bonuses. Traditionally, other prominent U.S. law firms tend to follow suit shortly after Milbank’s lead, reinforcing the firm’s position as a trendsetter in the legal industry.

Adapting to Changing Market Dynamics

Notably, Milbank’s decision to enhance associate salaries and bonuses comes after a prolonged hiatus in salary increments, with the last increase occurring in early 2022. The legal industry, much like the rest of the business world, has experienced fluctuations in demand, especially in the realm of mergers and acquisitions. The market dynamics have shifted, creating a more streamlined environment in the corporate legal sector, following the booming global deal market in 2021. In response to these changes, Milbank has taken proactive steps to ensure that its legal professionals are well-compensated and motivated.

In summary, Milbank’s recent move to elevate attorney salaries and announce year-end bonuses demonstrates its commitment to rewarding its dedicated legal professionals while setting new standards in the legal industry. This decision is aligned with the firm’s optimism for the future and its recognition of the evolving market dynamics.

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