May 24, 2000 |
Michael Borden, a first-year student at the University of Chicago Law School, has landed the perfect summer job. In his honor, his bosses at the Los Angeles law firm of Loeb & Loeb will host a beach party--complete with a steel drum band--at Shutters on the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica. They will lavish him with private parties at their homes and dinners at trendy Westside restaurants, usher him to Dodger games, summer jazz events at the Hollywood Bowl and an afternoon outing at the Getty.
February 3, 2000 |
Howard Holderness, a 34-year-old San Francisco lawyer who once made $72 a month teaching English in Kenya, learned last week that he could earn as much as $245,000 this year in salary and bonus, a $36% increase in pay. "I didn't complain," said Holderness, chuckling. "I was very happy." Holderness, a seven-year associate, isn't the only gleeful one.
February 18, 1999 |
The booming economy is resulting in a windfall for top-notch law school graduates. For the first time, law firms operating in California are offering six-figure salaries to their first-year associates. Robert Major, a partner in Major, Hagen & Africa, a legal recruiting firm in San Francisco, said stiff competition for young lawyers is driving up first-year pay. Keker & Van Nest, a San Francisco law firm headed by former Iran-Contra prosecutor John W.
September 26, 1996 |
Viacom Attorney Tops Chart of Highest-Paid Counsel: The October issue of American Lawyer's Corporate Counsel magazine reports that the median total cash compensation of the 100 general counsels on its chart rose to about $534,000 from about $500,000. Many of the counsel are being paid more because they are playing increasingly important roles in corporate management. Viacom Inc. General Counsel Philippe Dauman, who earned $3.06 million last year, topped the list.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1996 |
Dismayed that the three lead prosecutors in the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial were awarded $43,000 in bonuses, a senior county prosecutor has formally requested that they give the money back. In a letter dated Feb. 14, Deputy Dist. Atty. Dinko Bozanich asserted that the bonuses were "unauthorized, unlawful and illegal." As public employees, he wrote, prosecutors are paid only a "fixed and certain" salary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1995 |
In keeping with the spirit of this season of giving, Marcia Clark and Chris Darden should return the bonuses they received in the midst of their unsuccessful prosecution of O.J. Simpson. Clark, Darden and Deputy Dist. Atty. William Hodgman received the bonuses--officially, an 11% temporary pay raise--in the middle of the long trial. Clark got $14,330, Darden $10,750 and Hodgman $17,760.