Ed. note: Welcome to our daily feature, Quote of the Day.
The way it’s been explained to me by every firm that has a closed system is it is so much easier to keep people happy when they can’t see someone is making more than them even though they have more in originations.
— Recruiter Jeffrey Lowe, in comments given to the American Lawyer on why some Biglaw firms use a black-box compensation system for partners. This compensation model is in the news thanks to a recent decision by Paul Weiss to move its partners to a black box. Lowe offered that there may be “danger” in making such a move, as doing do may cause “fear and paranoia” among attorneys. “People choose to believe the worst and operate under that assumption,” he said.
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