In-House Counsel

4th year considering switching from big law to in-house. What is the expected pay cut? Is the decrease worth it? How hard is it to get back into to big law a few years down the line? Am I too junior?

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Pay cut depends on size of company and market. I’m in DC you’d be looking at 125,000-140,000 at my company with your level of experience. As for being too junior it really depends on what kind of in-house role you are looking for.

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Yea I think this generally sums it up.

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You can get at least $200K in DC. Of course, it also depends on where you coming from and where you headed. Your practice may influence it too. Still thinks it’s achievable, unless there’s an unfavorable economic downturn.

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Where? I’m in house in DC and that has not been my experience. GC’s are pulling that in and maybe senior counsel although here they are well under 200k but I haven’t seen any associate (4-7 yr) positions that high. Genuinely curious, I’m open to a change if you know of places offering this much.

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Pay depends on market you’re in. I bet you could pull at least $170 in the big markets. Don’t forget 401k matching, stock packages, better benefits etc. Also, I’ve seen people go from in house back to big law very easily - seeing the ins and outs of how a company operates is invaluable to being a strong outside counsel.

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Im in SV, private company tech, 2016 grad making 200K plus bonus plus stock options. Im not that far behind my biglaw peers. And my quality of life is waaaaaaaay better. It's pretty easy to get back into biglaw as a midlevel bc all firms need midlevels....but you wont want to.

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