Compensation Trends and Considerations

August 31

compensation, client profitability, modern partnershipCompensation trends and considerations are important topics in law firms today. Firms should never lose a productive partner over a poor income allocation system. Firms who tie client profitability into some or all of a partner's compensation typically operate most competitively in the market.

I recently had the opportunity to speak to the New Orleans Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators about these compensation trends including:

  • Compensation as a management tool;
  • A survey of the various systems we most commonly encounter;
  • Typical market payout ranges;
  • An in-depth consideration client profitability; and
  • The reality of the modern law partnership.


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Brian Kennel is an experienced management consultant with more than 20 years of experience in law firm and professional firm management and consulting. As owner of PerformLaw, his focus includes law firm performance improvement, partner and associate compensation, strategic and practice planning, financial management, new partner admittance, lateral evaluation and business development.