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How much money do lawyers in private law firms make per year? How much do partners make?
How much do associates make?

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My mother worked at a private firm in Los Angeles during the mid-90s and was earning over $100,000 dollars a year.

She also worked "free" for a negotiated percent of the future winnings of certain cases -- like, for one celebrity case, she was promised 2% of a 450-million-dollar settlement. That makes for a good bonus.

But a lot of the regular annual salary went to monthly rent on our house in Brentwood, and my nanny. Housecleaners and gardeners are a must in Los Angeles. She was expected to travel all up and down the West Coast. Not to mention, she definitely had to look good in court and at luncheons and dinners with clients.

When you live in a major city (which is a given when you're looking to make good money), it all fritters away quite fast.

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kevin h
It varies a lot by case load and what case, and how they charge their clients.

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Starting first year associate salaries in a major law firm in Downtown L.A. is around $145-150,000. And the typical first year Partner (after 7 years as an Associate) salary [non-equity for the first year] is around $185,000.

Good luck!

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"Private law firm" covers everything from two guys in the strip mall to the biggest, most profitable firm in the country.

A partner in a firm might make, year-after-year anything from 0 to somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 million. The 20 or so most profitable firms have average profits per partner in the region of $2 million.

A plaintiffs' lawyer might make more than that in a contingent fee from a particular case, but not year-after-year. There have also been instances, though not so many recently, in which firms made dramatic non-recurring profits from equity given to them by clients.

The high-end for associate salaries is about $145,000 first year, and somewhere in the neighborhood of $300,000 seventh year. The low end, I suppose, is also around 0.

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