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Apr 25, 2012

Law Firm Partner Compensation – Why Change If We Are Happy


I am a partner in a 16 attorney firm in Memphis. Our firm has had the same partner compensation system for 20 years and we are generally happy with it. It is an eat-what-you-kill system. Since we are generally happy why should we consider changing it?


You can start with the following firm – self-test. Has the firm experienced or is it experiencing:

If your firm is experiencing or has experienced the above symptoms, it is time to really examine where the firm is headed and what messages your compensation is sending out to your partners. Is the firm trying to be a firm or merely a group of lone rangers? Even though your partners are content your compensation system may be holding the firm back from becoming all that it desires to be. Contentment may not be the best measure of success.

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John W. Olmstead, MBA, Ph.D, CMC

Posted at 08:07 AM in Compensation
Tags: Law firm partner compensation

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