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Fish & Richardson.

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Our experience with Clare Fifield was outstanding - they were professional, responsive, and made a lasting impression on our staff.
Harrison Barnes

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Salary & Benefits

1st year associates at Fish receive a top notch benefits package, which includes a salary of $160,000 per year. In 2012, the summer associate salary for 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls was $ 3,100 per week.

Other compensation includes $10k salary advance for entry level; judicial clerkship bonus; state/patent bar exams & review course; $500 professional development allowance; relocation package; wireless air card.

Salary is determined by a combination of lock-step and merit system taking into account the number of hours billed and the quality of the work.

The factors that determine an associate's bonus are the number of hours billed, the quality of work, pro bono hours, business development and overall contribution in recruitment activities and firm committees.

Title Branch/
Exp. year Period Avg Base
Associate San Diego 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Dallas 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Boston 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Atlanta 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Austin 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Redwood City 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Minneapolis 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Washington 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Wilmington 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate New York City 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Houston 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 


  • The firm compliments its competitive salary with a wide a range of employee benefits and support programs that include:
  • Health and dental insurance, including domestic partner coverage
  • 401(k) plan for Associates (immediate eligibility)
  • 401(k) profit-sharing plan with a firm contribution (for non-Associates)
  • Reduced goal work arrangements
  • Flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care
  • Transportation expense plan for parking and transit
  • Term life and AD&D insurance
  • Voluntary dependent life insurance
  • Short-term disability insurance (non-legal)
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Leaves of absence: paid maternity/paternity, personal, and family medical leave
  • Employee assistance program
  • Vacation and sick leave (non-legal)
  • 12 paid holidays a year
  • Backup child care
  • Health care advocacy

Benefits Package:

Benefits also include off-site backup childcare center and on-site gym facility.

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