September 19, 2021

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Kirkland Sweetens Associate Perks With Free Food

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The wealthiest law firm out there joined the special bonus march back in, well, March. But it turns out the firm wasn’t quite done rewarding its associates for the work they do to keep cash gushing through the door like the blood tide from the Shining.

The firm just announced that associates can go ahead and expense 10 non-work meals up to $100 each. The firm isn’t picky about just picking up associate tabs — attorneys are allowed to expense meals with anyone they want.

As a tipster wrote:

So, like, if you have still managed to have friends after spending time in biglaw, you can treat them to dinner.

Well, yes, you would need to still have friends. But maybe this can be the incentive to reach out and reconnect with some people. It’s $1000 of free food, folks. That’s a fantastic gesture.

When Davis Polk offered associates gift packages in addition to special bonuses, we discussed how important it is to give associates gifts they have to use for their own enjoyment. The grind can be dehumanizing and big bonuses are great and essential but the temptation to dump that all into loan repayment is real. And even if that’s the best life decision, it still leaves you on the back end feeling a little hollow as you go right back to working without feeling like you got anything tangible out of it. So give an extra grand or so in goods and services that associates need to experience. A nice meal, a vacation, an exercise machine… whatever.

Because there’s a distinction between appreciating associates for the work they do and appreciating associates for what the work does to them.


, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsJoe Patrice is a senior editor at Above the Law and co-host of Thinking Like A Lawyer. Feel free to email any tips, questions, or comments. Follow him on Twitter if you’re interested in law, politics, and a healthy dose of college sports news. Joe also serves as a Managing Director at RPN Executive Search.

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