Summary: Learn more about the history of law firm partner compensation and how partners are compensated in law firms today in this article.
There has been considerable change in law firm partner compensation systems over the past 15 years and two basic systems exist today – subjective systems and lockstep systems – according to a recent white paper. U.S. law firms overwhelmingly use subjective systems in which committees allocate compensation based on a number of factors, the most important of which is client origination.
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