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Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.

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Salary & Benefits

Title Branch/
Exp. year Period Avg Base
Associate New York City 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Menlo Park 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 


  • We seek to balance the demand for dedicated professionalism with a commitment to outside responsibilities. That balance is reflected in the professional and quality standards that we expect of our attorneys and the benefits and support that we provide them:
  • A sizable annual budget for CLE and bar association activities, as well as expenses related to passing two bar exams, including a bar review course;
  • A "client relationship spending account" for associates of three years and above to entertain current and potential clients;
  • A percentage of fees received from clients brought into the firm;
  • An associate joining the firm directly from a one-year judicial clerkship for a judge of a federal court or the highest court of any state will receive a bonus of $50,000. An associate joining the firm directly from a two-year judicial clerkship for a judge of a federal court or the highest court of any state (or two successive one-year clerkships for judges of such courts) will receive a bonus of $70,000. An associate who has intervening employment between his or her judicial clerkship and commencement of employment with the firm is not eligible to receive any clerkship bonus;
  • Four weeks of vacation annually;
  • Maternity benefits of up to 100% of pay, based on length of service. Both fathers and mothers also receive one month paid childcare leave and could be eligible for one month paid primary childcare leave and up to three months unpaid leave upon birth or adoption of a child;
  • Comprehensive medical and dental coverage with modest contribution amounts for full-time employees and their families or same-sex domestic partners;
  • Short and long-term disability and life insurance at no cost for all full-time employees;
  • 401(k) plan with auto enroll set up at 2% of compensation;
  • Pre-tax plans including health care, dependent care and transportation flexible spending accounts;
  • Voluntary life insurance and supplemental long-term disability plans at preferred group rates;
  • Employee Assistance Program;
  • Emergency childcare program;
  • Year-round business casual dress policy;
  • Firm-sponsored sports teams;
  • Relocation expenses of up to $2,000 for first-year and new attorneys living outside the tri-state area;
  • Corporate health club memberships at reduced rates; and

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