Anyone heard of negotiating for compensation on lateral at the associate level?

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I have. But only at non-lockstep firms and only if they really, really want you.

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It happens, but rarely and only when you’re coming from the top.

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Try for a modest signing bonus. Negotiating salary is almost always a nonstarter.

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I negotiated a signing bonus from a non-lockstep, bottom V100 firm. I was coming from a V20 (relocating). Like someone else said, salary is usually a non-starter because it creates dissection the the ranks, but a signing bonus was no biggie.

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