Biglaw Firm Rolls Back Salary Cuts Earlier Than Anticipated

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More and more Biglaw firms are finding their footing after the upheaval caused by COVID-19. And that means the salary cuts that swept the industry in the spring are being reversed this autumn.

In April, Duane Morris surprised associates with a round of COVID-19 austerity measures that included salary cuts (the firm’s previous rhetoric about solid financial performance led some to believe Duane Morris would survive the pandemic unscathed). The firm, which made $510,341,000 in gross revenue last year making it 74th on the Am Law 100 list, cut associate and special counsel salaries by 15 percent effective May 1, and expected the cuts to last until the end of the year. But the firm has surprised associates yet again, this time with some good news.

Effective September 1, the firm rolled back the salary cuts — a full four months earlier than originally anticipated. In the firm’s announcement, available in full on the next page, firm chair Matthew Taylor noted they were “grateful” for all the hard work employees were putting in that allowed the early rollbacks. Taylor also said the firm is hopeful for a “Phase 2” of rollbacks that would see attorneys receive make-whole payments.

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