November 24, 2020

Leading Biglaw Firm That First Refused Special Bonuses Includes Them With Their Cravath Match

Leading Biglaw Firm That First Refused Special Bonuses Includes Them With Their Cravath Match


When Baker McKenzie first announced bonuses nearly two weeks ago, it raised some brows, but was otherwise met with dead silence. The rest of Biglaw was patiently waiting for Cravath to give Baker’s bonus scale credence, and now that the perrenial compensation leader has done just that, the bonus floodgates have opened.

The latest firm to announce bonuses is Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Moments ago, the firm sent out a memo matching not just year-end bonuses, but special bonuses as well. If you recall, in mid-October, Cleary initially refused to match the generous Davis Polk special bonuses, which one associate referred to as a cringeworthy punch to the nether regions.

Here’s the bonus scale, in case you’ve forgotten what it looks like:

Leading Biglaw Firm That First Refused Special Bonuses Includes Them With Their Cravath Match

Bonuses at Cleary will be paid on December 22. Congrats to everyone at the firm!

(Flip to the next page to see the full memo from Cleary Gottlieb.)

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Leading Biglaw Firm That First Refused Special Bonuses Includes Them With Their Cravath Match Staci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.





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