Associate Compensation

Selendy & Gay compensates its associates as well or better than the country’s top law firms.

Salary. We offer associates salaries based on their years of practice, as reflected in the years they graduated from law school. Class years may be adjusted based on associates’ specific work histories. We pay salaries at the top of the market, with first-year associates earning $190,000 per year.

Annual Bonus. We pay associates year-end bonuses that are based on performance. Associates who perform well can expect to receive bonuses that exceed the national market scale for top firms.

Clerkship Bonus. We pay one-time bonuses to associates who join us directly from qualifying clerkships. An associate who joins us directly from one such clerkship will receive a $75,000 bonus and an associate who joins us directly from two such consecutive clerkships will receive a $100,000 bonus. All associates receive class year credit for up to two qualifying clerkships. We offer additional bonuses and class year credit for associates joining us directly from clerkships for the Supreme Court of the United States.

Bar Fees and Expenses. We pay annual bar fees for all associates. For associates who have not yet taken the New York bar examination (for example, new law school graduates), we pay the costs of examination fees and one preparation course.

Moving Expenses. For incoming associates relocating to New York City, we pay reasonable one-time moving expenses.

Benefits. We provide medical, dental, and vision benefits (paying 100% of premiums for associates); a 401(k) plan with partial matching contribution; four weeks of paid vacation; paid parental leave (4 months for primary caregiver, 4 weeks for secondary caregiver); life insurance; an Employee Assistance Program; and pre-tax commuter benefits. We also have an on-site gym and an outdoor terrace.