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The Secret of Setting Partner Compensation

November 14, 2019
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
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Reed Smith, LLP
101 Second Street, Suite 1800
San Francisco, CA 94105

The Finance Section is presenting The Secret of Setting Partner Compensation

Whether your profits are $3 million or $300,000 per partner, setting compensation is still one of the toughest jobs faced by any law firm leader.  This program will focus on the critical issues that make setting partner compensation productive and successful, or a disaster that your partners will mention every week for the next twelve months.

Among the questions we will address:

  • What are the three most common problems law firms run into when setting partner compensation?
  • What are the most successful partner compensation systems in use today and why?
  • Is tracking origination of clients helpful or destructive?  If the former, how can a law firm structure their origination tracking system so that it doesn’t become the latter?
  • Are there any structural or procedural elements that can be applied to any partner compensation system, which will help produce dramatically better results?
  • There is a wealth of conflicting information about the correct spread in partner compensation.  For example:  Sometimes you hear that the highest paid partner shouldn’t be paid more than four times what the lowest partner is paid.  And then you hear in other firms it is 10:1, or 15:1.  Is there a right answer?


Our speaker is Blane Prescott. Blane is a consultant and the Managing Shareholder of MesaFive, LLC, a strategy and management consulting firm based in San Francisco. Blane works with clients on management and strategy issues, including merger negotiations and assessments, partner compensation, management, strategy and restructuring. He has worked with over 800 law firms, in-house legal departments and private equity firms throughout North America, Asia and Europe.

Blane was a co-founder of the Hildebrandt Institute, one of the most widely recognized programs for teaching law firm leaders how to lead and develop lawyers. He is also the author of more than 60 articles on law firm issues, and his articles have appeared in The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, The ABA Journal, The New York Law Journal, California Lawyer, and California Law Business.

Blane was a Partner and Consultant with Hildebrandt International for more than 20 years, and served as the Managing Director of Latham & Watkins, and as the CEO of Brownstein, Hyatt.

This event is sponsored by Epic Insurance Brokers, Innovative Computing Systems, Law Tyme, Robert Half, and Vendor Direct Solutions.




This session will count for CLM® Recertification Credit: 1 hour in the subject area of Legal Industry/Business Management (CM).

This session will count for CLM® Application Credit and Application for Functional Specialists: 1 hour in the subject area of Human Resources Management (HR)

This section qualifies for 1 SHRM PDC.  PDC number is available from meeting organizers. 

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Because we are ordering food in advance, no-shows will be billed $18.00.


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$18.00 Guest of an ALA Golden Gate Chapter Member (BPs, please use BP ticket)

$0.00 Business Partner Ticket