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Associate Compensation and Benefits

Salary, Bonuses, and Hours:

  • Starting salaries

    • Portland/Vancouver: $120,000

    • Seattle: $130,000

  • No minimum billable hours requirement for discretionary bonus consideration

  • 1,800 billable hours guarantees bonus of at least $10,000, plus discretionary bonus consideration

  • 150 hours of pro bono/diversity initiative work may be counted towards billable hours goal

  • 50 training hours credit for associates in their first year of practice

Partnership Consideration:

  • Consideration for non-equity partnership after 7 years, and/or consideration for equity partnership between 8-9 years.  It is not necessary to pass through non-equity status before being considered for equity status.

Health Care and Insurance:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance, and contributory coverage for dependents including domestic partner
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Short-term disability salary continuation
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Business travel accident insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts for health care and dependent care reimbursement
  • Health savings accounts
  • Employee Assistance Plan

Paid Leave:

  • Paid parental leave up to 12 weeks for women and men upon birth or adoption of a child (depends on years of firm service)
    • (An additional 12 weeks of unpaid leave is also available, for a total of 24 weeks of parental leave)
  • Vacation and sick leave
  • 9 Paid holidays
  • Sabbatical program (for partners)


  • Profit sharing participation after 2 years of service with the firm
  • 401(k) option (employee contribution)

Paid Dues and Fees:

  • Relocation expenses
  • Bar association fees
  • Bar exam expenses and BAR/BRI fees; living expenses stipend for new associates
  • CLE fees
  • Professional membership dues
  • Professional Liability Fund premiums
  • Reimbursement allowance for client entertainment and business development

Education and Professional Development:

  • New Associate Orientation series
  • Business development support
  • Attorney retreat
  • CLE classes
  • Formalized mentoring programs
  • Financial planning/investment education seminars
  • Subscription to WestLegalEdcenter's™ full range of online educational sessions


  • $150 match for non-profit contributions
  • Pre-tax commute spending account and transit subsidy
  • Discounted initiation fee on gym membership (where available)
  • Smartphones
  • Wellness program
  • "Green Team" for environmental sustainability

(as of October 2016)