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Dorsey Whitney

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:48 pm
by Anonymous User
Anyone know anything about this firm? Particularly, salary scale in major market offices?

Re: Dorsey Whitney

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:57 am
by Anonymous User
NALP Directory says they start at $125K. That's all I gots!

Re: Dorsey Whitney

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:45 pm
by Anonymous User
Dorsey & Whitney just raised starting salaries to 140. I believe Faegre matched but have not heard of the other Minneapolis firms matching.

The firm is pretty tight-lipped on compensation generally, but I believe for most associates bonuses are about 10% of base (but can go up if your hours are extremely high).

I believe compensation in their offices in Chicago/New York pay closer to market in those cities, but do not match 180. Don't have much of an insight into their other offices, but I imagine it's comparable to Minneapolis.

As for the firm itself, it's kind of the Cravath of Minnesota--extremely highly regarded for a very long time, but traditional and conservative to a fault. I have not always heard great things about associate quality of life; they have struggled at times to retain associates in years past and I have heard management has been deaf at times to quality of life issues. That said, they're making an effort to get better, and raising salaries by 17% last month certainly puts their money where their mouth is.

If you can stick it out, it's a great place to be a partner (and partnership prospects are pretty good for most associates), and it's a very good stepping stone to in-house roles at U.S. Bank or their other large clients.

Re: Dorsey Whitney

Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:29 pm
by Anonymous User
Anonymous User wrote:Dorsey & Whitney just raised starting salaries to 140. I believe Faegre matched but have not heard of the other Minneapolis firms matching.

The firm is pretty tight-lipped on compensation generally, but I believe for most associates bonuses are about 10% of base (but can go up if your hours are extremely high).

I believe compensation in their offices in Chicago/New York pay closer to market in those cities, but do not match 180. Don't have much of an insight into their other offices, but I imagine it's comparable to Minneapolis.

As for the firm itself, it's kind of the Cravath of Minnesota--extremely highly regarded for a very long time, but traditional and conservative to a fault. I have not always heard great things about associate quality of life; they have struggled at times to retain associates in years past and I have heard management has been deaf at times to quality of life issues. That said, they're making an effort to get better, and raising salaries by 17% last month certainly puts their money where their mouth is.

If you can stick it out, it's a great place to be a partner (and partnership prospects are pretty good for most associates), and it's a very good stepping stone to in-house roles at U.S. Bank or their other large clients.


This is extremely on-point. I'd go so far as to say they probably have the lowest associate satisfaction of any of the big firms in Minneapolis. It's that bad. I don't work there, to be clear, but literally every other firm (except maybe Faegre) shits on them for being the local sweatshop.

Re: Dorsey Whitney

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:05 pm
by Anonymous User
Anonymous User wrote:Anyone know anything about this firm? Particularly, salary scale in major market offices?


Can you point us to a specific office that you are interested in getting info on?