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Wake Up Call: Mintz Matches Milbank Associate Salary Hike

June 11, 2021, 12:23 PM

In today’s column, Dentons eliminated 85 non-U.S. jobs as a part of a restructuring; a rise in LSAT scores and applications has some law schools over-enrolled; approaching one year old, the U.S. branch of Eversheds Sutherland’s legal services unit, Konexo, hired a recruiting specialist.

  • Leading off, Mintz Levin, not usually known for quick compensation moves, late yesterday became the latest Big Law firm to match Milbank’s notch for starting associate pay, as the legal talent market continues to heat. Cadwalader and McDermott Will & Emery were the first two firms to quickly match Milbank. The scale gives first-year associates a $10,000 salary increase, to $200,000, while second and third years also get increases. (Above the Law) Some corporate counsel said the pay hikes could complicate efforts to reduce outside legal costs. (Corporate Counsel)
  • Many law firms setting return-to-office policies say they’re consulting attorneys and staff about their preferences. But the reality is that clients are setting the tone for those policies, a report says. (Law.com) David Sanford, chairman of Sanford Heisler Sharp, discussed his firm’s office-return plan. (Reuters)
  • Dentons laid off 85 lawyers and staff across its U.K., Ireland. and Middle East offices. The job cuts, most in the form of “voluntary redundancies,” follow the firm’s creation of a virtual legal team and a restructuring of its business services and secretarial units. (Global Legal Post) Junior lawyers working at firms in London’s financial center complain about burnout and overwork. (Financial News)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • A New Jersey county appellate court found that a law firm’s professional liability insurance policy does not cover a paralegal’s theft of $800,000 from the firm’s attorney trust account. At least 2,000 law firms in the state have identical policies and may, as a result, be noncompliant with ethics rules. (New Jersey Law Journal) A unit of Munich Re Specialty Insurance is launching an intellectual property legal professional liability product specifically designed for IP law firms. (Insurance Journal)
  • U.K. headquartered Clyde & Co. named Montreal, Canada-based litigation and insurance partner Carolena Gordon as its new senior partner effect July 1. The firm said she’s its first senior partner from outside the U.K. and the first woman to hold the position. (ClydeCo.com)
  • A Michigan man was sentenced to a year and a day in prison after admitting to emailing a death threat to Washington attorney Mark Zaid, who represented a CIA analyst whose allegations contributed to former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment. (Politico)

Laterals, Moves, In-house

  • Eversheds Sutherland hired Philadelphia-based legal staffing specialist Lisa Carlin to oversee recruiting of contract attorneys and paralegals in the U.S. for its legal services subsidiary Konexo. The U.S. branch, approaching a one-year anniversary, got a growth boost from a shift to remote work during the pandemic; Veteran in-house leader Ryan Quinn, most recently LendingTree, Inc.’s senior vice president, co-general counsel, and corporate secretary, joined Florida-based premium window and door maker PGT Innovations, Inc., as GC and corporate secretary. (Businesswire)
  • Foley & Lardner hired DLA Piper cross-border transactions lawyer André Thiollier as a partner in Silicon Valley. He has particular experience in Latin American transactions; Jones Walker hired former Houston city council member and controller and CFO Ronald Green as a corporate partner in its Houston and Washington offices. He was most recently a partner at Greenberg Traurig; Morrison & Foerster said experienced M&A and private equity lawyer Aly El Hamamsy joined the firm as a corporate partner in New York, arriving from Freshfields; former Federal Trade Commission staff attorney Kaj Rozga joined Davis Wright Tremaine’s antitrust practice as counsel in New York. (DWT.com)
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP recruited former Illinois federal and state prosecutor Rachel Cannon as a white collar partner in Chicago. According to her LinkedIn profile, she arrives from Dentons; Washington lobbying firm Capitol Counsel hired former Senate Finance Committee deputy staff director and general counsel Mac Campbell as a partner. A former partner at a Dentons precursor firm, he’ll focus on tax issues; Holland & Knight’s public policy & regulation practice group got energy policy specialist Reese Goldsmith as a senior public affairs adviser in Washington. She was previously at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. (HKLaw.com)

Legal Education

  • A jump in law school applicants combined with rising Law School Admission Test scores is contributing to “over-enrollment” at several law schools. (ABA Journal)

To contact the correspondent on this story: Rick Mitchell in Paris at rMitchell@correspondent.bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com; Darren Bowman at dbowman@bloomberglaw.com

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