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Why Some Boutiques Doled Out Behemoth Year-End Bonuses

Law360 (January 11, 2019, 3:47 PM EST) -- A select group of litigation boutiques not only met but exceeded BigLaw benchmarks when it came to year-end associate bonuses in 2018, upping the ante amid a fierce fight for talent and prestige.

A handful of boutiques — a number of which were founded in recent years — are positioning themselves as desirable places to be for associates by offering up year-end bonuses topping out, in some cases, above $200,000, a tool experts say allows them to compete with larger and more established law firms for up-and-coming legal stars and, ultimately, clients.

"These super high-end boutiques are going after the absolute...

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