It looks like we’ll have to wait until next week for any major associate bonus announcements. Nothing exciting has happened since the brouhaha over the supposed Milbank Tweed bonus memo, which turned out to be fake.
As soon as you hear anything, please let us know ASAP, by email (subject line: “Associate Bonus Watch”). As always, anonymity is guaranteed — unless you want to be fired from your Biglaw job so badly that you WANT public credit for leaking your firm’s bonus memo.
We need your tips because we don’t want to be entirely dependent upon the different message boards (Greedy Associates, Infirmation, AutoAdmit.com, etc.). While we do check them from time to time, we don’t do so as much as we should. Why? They annoy the crap out of us. You have to wade through so much juvenile junk to find anything that’s borderline interesting. And once you do find something, you can’t even be sure that it’s true (e.g., the Milbank memo).
So no big bonus announcements yet. But we have gathered a few tidbits from sources that we know and trust (as opposed to anonymous posters on message boards).
Check ‘em out, after the jump.
Here’s some of the bonus scuttlebutt that we’ve received from our tipsters:
* Skadden Arps: “I think we’ll find out next week, after everyone is done getting their reviews. We are all supposed to get reviewed by Friday [today].”
* Gibson Dunn: “The Associates’ Committee sent out a ‘holiday’ email to associates, looking for comparative bonus information. So it seems like we are just waiting to see what the market-setters do…”
* Kirkland: “No word on bonuses yet. It’s a little early for us. We’ll probably find out closer to Christmas.”
* Dewey Orrick (aka Dewy Orifice): “We haven’t heard too much about bonuses except for some vague reassurance regarding the differences in our fiscal years. Dewey goes by an October 31 fiscal year, and Orrick by a calendar year… and it seems likely that we’ll be going with Orrick’s year.”
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(That’s no guarantee of 100 percent accuracy — even the MSM, with its professional fact-checkers, screws up sometimes — but it’s better than nothing.)
Earlier: Prior ATL coverage of bonuses (scroll down)