Associate Compensation Scorecard: Biglaw’s 2022 Bonus Bash



Firm Date Matched Minimum Hours Payout Date Baker McKenzie
Class of 2021: $20K
Class of 2015+: $115K FIRST MOVER
November 21, 2022 Undisclosed February 10, 2023 Boies Schiller
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+: $115K November 29, 2022 For market bonuses: 2000-2349 hours for regular bonus; 2350-2599 hours for extraordinary bonus ($30K (pro-rated)-$150K); 2600+ hours for extra-extraordinary bonus ($40K (pro-rated)-$165K)) December 2022 Cravath
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015: $105K November 29, 2022 None December 16, 2022 McDermott Will & Emery
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+: $115K November 30, 2022 2000 hours (“substantial incremental bonuses” for associates who went “above and beyond” in hours and performance; ~65% of associates will earn above Cravath scale) December 29, 2022 Holwell Shuster
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2016: $105K November 30, 2022 None On or before December 31, 2022 Skadden
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2016: $105K or $115K
Class of 2015+: $115K or $125K November 30, 2022 1800 “productive hours” (including unlimited pro bono time and up to 150 hours of productive non-billable work) December 16, 2022 Fried Frank
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+: $115K December 1, 2022 1850-1999 hours for up to 25% of full bonus; 2000-2199 hours for full bonus; 2200-2449 hours for full bonus plus 15% premium; 2450+ hours for full bonus plus 30% premium On or before December 31, 2022 Cleary Gottlieb
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+: $115K December 1, 2022 None December 23, 2022 Davis Polk
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+: $115K December 2, 2022 None December 30, 2022 Paul Weiss
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+: $115K December 2, 2022 None December 22, 2022 Debevoise
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+: $115K December 2, 2022 None Undisclosed Baker Botts
Class of 2021: $20K
Class of 2015+: $115K December 2, 2022 None December 31, 2022 Paul Hastings
Class of 2021: $20K
Class of 2015+: $115K December 2, 2022 2000 hours February 3, 2023 Hogan Lovells
Class of 2021: $20K
Class of 2015+: $115K December 2, 2022 2000 hours (including up to 150 pro bono hours until associates meet 1850 hours, then unlimited pro bono hours, and including up to 50 D&I hours, if they have billed at least 1800 hours; additional bonuses available for those who exceed hours minimums) December 30, 2022 Milbank
Class of 2022: $15K
Class of 2014: $115K December 2, 2022 None December 31, 2022 Freshfields
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015: $115K December 2, 2022 None December 15, 2022 Ropes & Gray
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015: $115K
Class of 2014+: $130K December 2, 2022 1900 creditable hours (increased bonuses for associates who annualized above hourly target) December 23, 2022 Willkie Farr
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+: $115K December 2, 2022 None December 30, 2022 O’Melveny
Class of 2021: $20K
Class of 2015: $115K December 2, 2022 None February 28, 2023 Morgan Lewis
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2016: $105K December 2, 2022 1900+ hours (20 of which must be pro bono hours) January 31, 2023 Wilkinson Stekloff
Class of 2022: $22.5K
Class of 2015+: $172.5K December 5, 2022 None December 15, 2022 Vinson & Elkins
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+: $115K December 5, 2022 Based on hours and good standing; “supplemental bonuses” available for associates who had an “exceptional year” January 31, 2023 Cadwalader
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015: $115K December 5, 2022 Additional bonuses “equal to 120% of [market bonuses]” for high billers with 2200 hours or more February 2023 Schulte Roth & Zabel
Class of 2022: $15K
Class of 2013: $115K December 5, 2022 2000 hours; below 1600 hours, associates receive $5K bonus; at 1600 hours, associates receive 50% of bonus; step-up bonuses from $2.5K to $15K for reaching 2300 hours, 2500 hours, and 2700 hours January 23, 2023 Glenn Agre
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+: $115K December 5, 2022 None (associates eligible for “premium” bonuses based on “extraordinary dedication and/or performance) December 16, 2022 Simpson Thacher
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015: $115K December 5, 2022 None December 28, 2022 Clifford Chance
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+: $115K December 6, 2022 None (based on overall performance, quality of work, contributions to firm, teamwork, and pro bono) January 13, 2023 Dechert
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+: $115K December 6, 2022 1950 hours (client billable, pro bono, firm as client, maximum of 50 community hours); associates who exceeded hours expectations eligible to receive an “extraordinary” bonus January 23, 2023 Sheppard Mullin
A1: $20K
C2: $115K December 6, 2022 2000 hours for base bonus (associates who record 1900 and 1950 hours will receive partial bonuses; associates who record 2200 and 2400 hours will receive 110% and 120% of the market bonus) January 20, 2023 Akin Gump
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+: $115K December 6, 2022 1950 hours (including with pro bono hours, general counsel hours, business development hours, and up to 100 hours of time spent on recruiting, diversity & inclusion, and/or innovation activities); associates with “exceptional” performance will receive larger bonuses February 2023 Kramer Levin
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+: $115K
Counsel: Up to $120K December 7, 2022 Eligible associates in good standing will receive bonuses February 15, 2023 Weil Gotshal
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+ and 3-year Counsel: $115K December 7, 2022 None January 31, 2023 Mayer Brown
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+: $115K December 7, 2022 NY: 1900 client equivalent hours; Outside NY: 2000 hours for base bonus, stub years not included (1900 CE hours required), 2100 hours for $23K-$132K, 2200 hours for $24K-$138K, 2300 hours for $$26K-$149.5K February 17, 2023 Linklaters
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+: $115K December 7, 2022 None December 30, 2022 Allen & Overy
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+: $115K December 8, 2022 None January 16, 2023 Ross Aronstam
Class of 2019: $57.5K
Class of 2015+: $115K December 8, 2022 None December 15, 2022 Sidley
Class of 2021: $20K
Class of 2014+: $115K December 8, 2022 2000 hours required for base bonuses; associates with “higher productivity and/or exceptional performance” will receive additional bonuses Prior to December 31, 2022 Cohen Ziffer
Class of 2021: $20K
Class of 2015+: $115K December 8, 2022 None (potential for larger associate bonuses based on “extraordinary performance or commitment”) December 16, 2022 Proskauer
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014: $115K December 8, 2022 None December 23, 2022 White & Case
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2014: $115K December 9, 2022 Eligibility criteria detailed in separate memo February 13, 2023 McKool Smith
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+: $115K December 9, 2022 Undisclosed; associates who bill more than 2200 hours will receive additional bonuses, up to $170K December 20, 2022 Bursor & Fisher
Not lockstep; above Cravath scale at every level; top bonus of $575K December 9, 2022 None (based on criteria like business origination and revenue) December 11, 2022 Elias Law Group
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+: $115K December 10, 2022 None (based on performance, billable hours, and firm citizenship); attorneys “exceeding expectations” may receive additional bonus money, while attorneys with work “falling below expectations” may receive bonuses below the baseline December 2022 Winston & Strawn
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+: $115K December 12, 2022 2000 hours for market bonus (additional $2K-$25K for every hundred hours over 2000 for Class of 2018-2021; additional $4K-$30K for every hundred hours over 2000 for Class of 2017+) January 31, 2023 Susman Godfrey
Class of 2020: $85K
Class of 2014: $160K
(medians) December 13, 2022 None Undisclosed Hueston Hennigan
All associates in good standing reportedly received above-market bonuses (many at least $10K above market for their class year) December 13, 2022 Based on class year, hours, and good standing Undisclosed Perkins Coie
Class of 2021: $20K
Class of 2014+: $115K December 13, 2022 1950 hours; bonuses are majority lockstep, with some individualized (using this scale as a base); bonuses are different in non-major markets; some offices have high/low ranges for sixth-years and above Undisclosed Covington
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015+: $115K December 14, 2022 Based on hours (bonus scale increased by 10% for 2200+ hours, increased by another 10% for 2400+ hours) January 2023 Reid Collins & Tsai
Jr. Assoc.: $125K avg bonus
Sr. Assoc.: $150K avg bonus December 14, 2022 Based on work product and results generated Several times annually Selendy Gay Elsberg
Class of 2022: $16.5K
Class of 2015+: $126.5K December 14, 2022 None (some associates will receive even more bonus money “based on a holistic assessment of performance”) December 23, 2022 Fenwick
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Tier 1/Level 1: $20K
Tier 3: $115K December 15, 2022 1950 hours (“Triple R” rewards for associates who bill 2100+ hours, ranging from $3K to $12K; condominium program rewards for associates who made “extraordinary contributions” to the firm) December 30, 2022 Katten Muchin
Class of 2022: $15K (pro-rated)
Class of 2021: $20K
Class of 2015+: $115K December 16, 2022 2000 hours (2100 hours for $22K-$126.5K; 2200 hours for $24K-$138K; 2300 hours for $26.5K-$149.5K; 2400 hours for $31K-$172.5K); additional “superstar” bonuses available February 1, 2023 DLA Piper
Class of 2021: $20K
Class of 2015+: $115K December 16, 2022 Based on seniority, performance rating (3, 4 or 5), and total bonus hours (including billable, billable equivalent, pro bono, shadowing, and knowledge management hours); incremental increases for higher bonus hours 50% bonus on December 30, 2022, 50% bonus on January 27, 2023 Gjerset & Lorenz
Class of 2022: $20K
Class of 2015+: $130K December 16, 2022 2000 hours (2100 hours for $27.5K-$150K; 2200 hours for $35K-$165K) December 31, 2022 Kellogg Hansen
Class of 2020: $57.5K median/$75K high
Class of 2015+: $250K median/$450K high December 16, 2022 Undisclosed Undisclosed Kaplan Hecker
Class of 2022: $15K
Class of 2015+: $115K December 16, 2022 None (associates also received mid-year bonuses ranging from $5K-$15K) December 2022 Massumi + Consoli
Class of 2022: $2.5K
Class of 2016: $105K December 16, 2022 1900 hours (associates participate in “phantom equity” program that adds more bonus cash to their compensation) December 2022 Orrick
Assoc Year 1 (Fall ’22): $2.5K
Assoc Year 1: $20K
Senior Assoc Year 1+/Of Counsel: $115K December 16, 2022 1950 hours (including up to 100 hours of a combination of training, DEI, business development, innovation, and other forms of firm and self-investment; pro bono hours; up to 40 hours of time devoted to unplugging) Undisclosed Arnold & Porter
Class of 2022: $15K
Class of 2015+: $115K December 19, 2022 Based on hours (10% additional bonus for 2400-2499 hours; 15% additional bonus for 2500-2599 hours; 20% additional bonus for 2600+ hours) January 31, 2023 Kirkland & Ellis
Individualized, above-market bonuses (but less so than usual) December 20, 2022 None Undisclosed Irell & Manella
Class of 2022: $39K (pro-rated)
Class of 2015: $168K December 20, 2022 None (bonuses inclusive of spring plus year-end 2022, and they average more than 2x total “market” bonuses) December 27 2022 Cozen O’Connor
Class of 2022: $5K (pro-rated)
Class of 2016+: $10K December 23, 2022 Special bonuses (pro-rated based on hours billed/time when assocs joined the firm) December 30 2022



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