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Top 100 Biglaw Firm Enters The Bonus Games With A Match – Plus Even More Money For High Billers – Above the Law


Well, well, well, what do we have here? It’s another match!

Cadwalader — a firm that brought in $608,953,000 gross revenue in 2021, putting it in 73rd place in the most recent Am Law 100 — has stepped into the Biglaw bonus zone. The firm is offering associates the prevailing market rate, which in this case, goes up to $115,000 for its most senior associates.

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

  • Class of 2022: $15,000 (pro-rated)
  • Class of 2021: $20,000
  • Class of 2020: $30,000
  • Class of 2019: $57,500
  • Class of 2018: $75,000
  • Class of 2017: $90,000
  • Class of 2016: $105,000
  • Class of 2015: $115,000

As an extra bonus for the firm’s highest billers — we’re talking associates who have logged 2200 or more hours — year-end bonuses of 120% of the amounts listed above will be awarded. Very exciting news!

Congratulations on your bonuses, Cadwalader associates! You can look forward to seeing the money in your accounts at the end of February 2023.

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

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Staci ZaretskyStaci 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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