Compensation (Re)Design for Law Firms

Compensation (Re)Design for Law Firms is designed to help law firms develop a strategy and framework to ensure consistency and quality of remuneration decisions, retain and motivate individual lawyers, and incentivize them in ways that will benefit the partnership as a whole.

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  • Publication date: July, 2016
  • Pages: 107
  • ISBN: 978-1-78358-242-6


The issue of compensation in law firms can be a minefield; the question of how to measure and reward partners combined with the increased pressure to provide greater value for less, more and more firms are being forced to rethink how legal work is priced and staffed, and how lawyers should be evaluated and compensated.
Compensation (Re)Design for Law Firms is designed to help law firms develop a strategy and framework to ensure consistency and quality of remuneration decisions, retain and motivate individual lawyers, and incentivize the compensation in ways that will benefit the partnership as a whole.

Compensation (Re)Design covers topics including:
  • Why remuneration programs exist in the first place
  • Best practices for partner compensation
  • Current trends in partner compensation in professional service firms
  • Combining KM and business development processes to provide additional client value
  • Utilizing individual scorecards to encourage partner performance
  • The vital components of a well-conceived compensation plan
  • Compensating and incentivizing right behaviours
  • Aligning a firm's compensation and strategic plans
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of the firm's compensation system
  • Compensating 'management' to ensure future success
...and features expert insight, pragmatic guidance and supporting case studies from the likes of:
  • James D. Cotterman, principal of legal management consultancy Altman Weil, Inc.
  • August J. Aquila, CEO of AQUILA Global Advisors, LLC
  • Joel A. Rose, president of Joel A. Rose & Associates, Inc.
  • Michael Roster, co-chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel's Value Challenge Steering Committee; previously managing partner of Morrison & Foerster's Los Angeles office and GC of Stanford University
  • Arthur Greene, principal of Boyer Greene LLC
  • David C. Baca, partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Julious P. Smith, Jr., chairman emeritus of Williams Mullen
  • Thomas Berman, principal at Berman Associates
  • Timothy B. Corcoran, Principal at Corcoran Consulting Group, LLC
  • John Jeffcock, Chief Executive, Winmark
Compensarion (Re)Design will help all law firm leaders establish a flexible compensation strategy that will address the current and future strategic needs of the firm.


Chapter 1: Why do we have compensation programs?

Chapter 2: Trends in partner compensation

Chapter 3: Components of a well-conceived partner compensation

Chapter 4: Differential compensation – A focus on practice groups

Chapter 5: Compensation to reward the right behaviors

Chapter 6: The managing partner’s perspective – Incentivizing the right behavior

Chapter 7: Strategic and compensation plans – Why do the lines never intersect?

Chapter 8: Compensation – A whole new set of rules

Chapter 9: Incentivizing the new normal

Chapter 10: A short guide to law firm management roles and compensation

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Timothy B. Corcoran
Tim Corcoran is a former CEO who now guides law firm and law department leaders through the profitable disruption of outdated business models. Tim is a trustee and fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, former president of the Legal Marketing Association and a member of its Hall of Fame, an American Lawyer Fellow, a frequent presenter at lawyer retreats and legal conferences, and a writer whose articles are published regularly in leading publications. He also authors the widely read Corcoran’s Business of Law blog.
August Aquila
Internationally known speaker, consultant, and author
James D. Cotterman
Principal, Altman Weil, Inc
Joel A Rose
Joel A. Rose is a Certified Management Consultant and president of Joel A. Rose & Associates, Inc., management consultants to the legal profession. The firm, national in scope, is headquartered in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Joel received a B.S. from New York University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He has extensive experience consulting with private law firms and government agencies. Joel performs and directs consulting assignments in law xiv About the authors firm management and organization, strategic and financial planning, lawyer compensation, the feasibility of mergers and acquisitions and marketing of legal services. He has extensive experience planning and conducting retreats and special expertise resolving problems among and between lawyers. Joel’s articles on law office management and economics appear in the Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer, the Pennsylvania Law Weekly, the New Jersey Law Journal, the New York Law Journal, publications of the Association of Legal Administrators, and other state and local bar association journals. Joel wrote the chapter, “Identifying and Defining Criteria for Determining Partner Compensation”, in the publication, Compensation Design for Law Firms, and the chapter, “Components of a Well Conceived Partner Compensation System”, in the book Compensation Re-design for Law Firms, both published by The Ark as US pub Group. Joel is on the Board of Editors of Accounting and Financial Planning for Law Firms and Law Firm Partnership and Benefits Report. Joel is a member of the Law Practice Committee of the American Bar Association.
Michael Roster
Michael Roster was formerly managing partner of Morrison & Foerster’s Los Angeles office, co-chair of the firm’s Financial Services Practice Group worldwide, and a member of the firm’s policy committee. In 1993, Mike was appointed general counsel of Stanford University, Stanford Medical Center, and Stanford Management Company. He was subsequently executive vice president and general counsel of Golden West Financial Corporation. Mike has also served as chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel, as outside director and vice chair of Silicon Valley Bank, chair of the Stanford Alumni Association, steering committee co-chair of ACC’s Value Challenge, and chair of two start-up companies. He currently teaches Contract Drafting and Analysis at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and is a director of MDRC in New York, a nonprofit organization that evaluates the effectiveness of government and other programs affecting lower- and moderate-income families and individuals.
Arthur G. Greene
Principal, Boyer Greene LLC
Julious P. Smith
Julious P. Smith, chairman emeritus and past CEO, Williams Mullen
Thomas Berman
Founder, Berman & Associates

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