Bloomberg Law
Nov. 10, 2020, 6:52 PM

Clients Wary of Higher Fees as Law Firms Give ‘Pandemic Bonuses’

Ruiqi Chen
Ruiqi Chen

Several of the country’s biggest law firms are awarding their associates tens of thousands of dollars in “pandemic bonuses” to show appreciation for hard work during a stressful time, but some corporate clients are worried that they will ultimately pick up the tab.

Around a dozen Big Law firms have announced special fall bonuses since September. Many range from $7,500 to $40,000 based on a seniority-dependent scale first used by Davis Polk & Wardwell. Many firms have said they will also pay out their traditional annual bonuses that topped out at over $100,000 last year.

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