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Lateral Attorneys

Lateral attorneys have contributed significantly to the growth and development of our firm. We are always interested in talking with attorneys who have superior academic performance records and excellent verbal, writing, and interpersonal skills. We most commonly seek candidates with two to five years of experience in our practice areas.

Associate Compensation

At Scudder Law Firm, our employees are justly rewarded with competitive compensation and an outstanding benefits package. Salaries for first year 2024 associates begin at $110,000 per year with opportunities for bonuses. Our benefits package includes the following:

  • Bar dues
  • Associate mentoring program
  • Bar review stipend of $10,000 for those who have not taken the bar exam
  • Reimbursement of most bar preparation courses for those who have not taken the bar exam
  • Business casual dress
  • Continuing legal education expenses
  • Disability/Life/Medical insurance
  • In-house travel coordinator
  • Moving expenses for lateral attorneys
  • Paid parking
  • Pre-tax flexible spending accounts (dependent care and medical expenses)
  • Simple 401(k) profit-sharing plan (mandatory match of 3% of compensation)

Associate compensation at Scudder Law Firm exceeds the compensation in most major markets, considering cost of living standards. The following table compares our starting 2024 associate compensation of $110,000 annually to markets across the country.


City Compensation equivalent to $110,000 in Lincoln, NE
Atlanta, GA $123,041
Baltimore, MD $131,372
Boston, MA $185,346
Charlotte, NC $117,366
Chicago, IL $147,311
Cleveland, OH $113,743
Dallas, TX $125,576
Denver, CO $134,995
Des Moines, IA $103,842
Houston, TX $112,173
Kansas City, MO $115,313
Los Angeles, CA $185,467
Minneapolis, MN $120,384
New York City, NY $296,432
Oklahoma City, OK $102,031
Omaha, NE $111,690
Phoenix, AZ $126,905
Salt Lake City, UT $130,165
San Antonio, TX $110,241
San Diego, CA $176,894
St. Louis, MO $104,808
Washington, DC $191,383
Wichita, KS $109,155

*Source:  Updated January 2024