Davis Polk Smashes Bonus Scale Once more With 12 months-Finish Bonuses PLUS Extra Particular Bonuses

If the 2021 bonus season has appeared a little bit sluggish, properly there was good purpose. Sure, Cravath introduced some fairly beneficiant bonuses, however some companies <<cough Davis Polk, cough cough>> have a penchant for coming excessive of introduced bonus (and lift) scales, sending the Biglaw market right into a tizzy. So, ready till Davis Polk & Wardell makes their bonus announcement appears, properly, prudent — and Biglaw is nothing if not prudent.

Nicely, the justifications are over as a result of DPW has made their transfer. And, after all, it’s excessive of the Cravath scale.

To be clear the year-end bonus quantity matches the Cravath scale, a hefty ~15 % over final 12 months’s bonus numbers for many lessons. However what units DPW aside (at the very least till the matches begin rolling in) is the extra spherical of particular bonuses for sophistication of 2020 and better starting from $4,000 to $23,000.

Properly performed DPW.

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