1st year associate in a small/medium personal injury firm. When is it too early to ask for a raise? Should I wait until my annual review in November?

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Unless you managed to personally bring in clients or settled a case or got a verdict all on your own that would justify a raise/bonus/profit share of some kind, wait until your annual review.

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First step would just to ask for a better understanding of bonuses which is your bread and butter. Most PI associates will get a cut of those larger wrongful death settlements. Not a huge cut, but easily a 2-10k bonus if it’s a low 7 figure settlement. If you get zero from helping partners with their large exposure cases, get out. It would incredibly cheap of them not to throw a few grand your way after a million dollar settlement. Assume firm gets 300k of 1M settlement. Call it 200k after fees and expenses, and you don’t get 5 grand?

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Absent extraordinary circumstances, annual review is the right time.

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Ask for a raise when you've made yourself too valuable for them to say no.

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On Plaintiffs side, how to you become irreplaceable? I was a server for the 8 years between undergrad and law school….and have no idea what is valuable and what isn’t?

I’ve had multiple attorneys in the community and even mediators tell me that my partners are very impressed with my research/writing…older attorneys in other departments are constantly asking me to help with research too.

I just don’t know what the monetary value is of the things I know I’m good at.

Annual review

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I asked for a 3 month review back in February and figured it would be too early back then….I’m sure they’re expecting me to ask at my annual review, what are some things to avoid?

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