Dan Packel writes, "Awareness of the gender pay gap among law firm partners may be rising, thanks in part to a number of high-profile lawsuits. But the pay gap itself?
It may be getting worse.
That’s the lesson from a new partner compensation survey out Thursday from Major, Lindsey & Africa. The legal search firm found that male partners are earning $959,000, on average, at large U.S. firms, compared to $627,000 on average for female partners—a 53 percent difference.
In 2010, the first year the biennial survey was conducted, that gap was only 32 percent, and in subsequent years it has fallen between 44 and 48 percent.
Study author Jeffrey Lowe, global practice leader of Major, Lindsey & Africa’s law firm practice, cautioned against drawing a stark conclusion that the trend is worsening, noting that the 1,400 to 2,000 partners who have responded in the five iterations of the survey are not fixed. (Survey respondents hail from Am Law 200 and similarly-sized firms across the United States.)
“There could be some response bias,” he said.
But the results do suggest that the problem is not going away, even after firms including Proskauer Rose, Jones Day and Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewarthave been sued over their imbalances in partner compensation."
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