News of skyrocketing star ting salaries for law firm associates coast to coast prompted us to ask visitors to insidecounsel.com, "Are increasing law firm salaries driving up in-house counsel pay?" Roughly one-third of respondents answered "yes," with the remaining two-thirds closely divided between "no" and "don't know."
That decidedly mixed result makes sense once you've delved into the leading law department salary surveys for 2006. It quickly becomes apparent that the rate at which compensation is rising depends on a number of factors including geography, company size and practice specialty. With varying sample groups, the surveys reach different conclusions about in-house compensation trends.