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Any recommendations on how to calculate how much of a raise to ask for during reviews? C/o 2020 (so not technically a first year anymore, but didn’t receive bar results until Jan 2021 bc covid), small boutique firm in LA with all big law alum partners. Boss says my work is well above what’s expected for a first year, I consistently bill 40+ hours a week, have been given a lot more responsibility with handling clients/cases than all my friends in same graduating class, and

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SoCal (Not LA), class of 2019, similar boat (boutique run my former big law folks). Base $120k with 40k bonus.

Had the option to go big law and rejected market pay in exchange for getting more responsibility and exposure. Just like you, I think we are learning how to run a law firm so that we can take over when the time is right.

My two cents, would rather do this now with nearly guaranteed partnership than go to biglaw and have to fight it out. The pay cut now is the price for future ease of success.

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I’m totally fine with the non-big law pay, but I’m wondering what an appropriate increase would be (and how to calculate it) considering my workload, responsibility, normal raise, and now inflation too.

… and brought in 2 clients through referrals from other clients who were pleased with my work and handling of their cases (referrals were sent directly to me).

My starting/current salary is 110k but I feel that the responsibility I have is more in like with a 3rd-4th year associate normally handles at a similar sized firm that has associates do a lot of hands on work. Thanks!

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This sounds so amazing. Wish I could ask what the firm is

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