For all of the groaning in Big Law about rising salaries for already well-paid midlevel associates, one of the things firms can’t buy is their silence. Midlevels may have their heads down as they turn documents en route to another year of record profits for equity partners, but don’t think they haven’t noticed the dwindling opportunities for a free meal or the sharper-looking swag at the firm across the street.
We already sifted through tens of thousands of individual responses to understand how midlevels are feeling about their firms’ versions of the “new normal” and chronicled the results in this month’s issue. It’s just that, along the way, we found some pretty funny stuff that we couldn’t keep to ourselves. With that, here’s to indiscretion.