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Directory Year: 2023

Ballard Spahr LLP - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Compensation & Benefits

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2023 compensation for entry-level lawyers ($/year) 145,000

Summer Compensation

2023 compensation for Post-3Ls ($/week)
2023 compensation for 2Ls ($/week) 2,788
2023 compensation for 1Ls ($/week) 2,788
Judicial Clerkship Bonus? Yes
Compensation/progression credit for judicial clerkship? Yes
Compensation/progression credit for other advanced degrees? No
Other Compensation

Prior summer associates who have accepted offers of employment as future associates will receive a $12,500 stipend to assist with their transition from law school to the firm.

For associates who join the firm after completion of a judicial clerkship following their graduation from law school, we offer the following bonuses:

$40,000 – Federal Court of Appeals
$25,000 – Federal District Court
$10,000 – Highest State Appellate Court
$50,000 – 2+ years of federal court clerkships (at least 1 year each at a district court and a court of appeals)

Benefits 401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
Bar Association Fees
Business Casual Dress Code
Dental Insurance
Domestic Partner Benefits
Employee Assistance Program
Family/Dependent Care Leave
Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
Life/AD&D Insurance
Long-term Disability Insurance
Medical Insurance
Health Savings Account
Parental Leave
Profit Sharing
Short-term Disability Insurance
Sick Leave
Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
Vacation Leave
Vision Insurance
Please describe benefit package or provide additional comments

Fertility benefits are available. Back-up child care is available. In-home care for children and in-home elder care services are available.

Associate base salary (excluding bonuses) is determined by A set lock-step system (same base salary for each class year)
If not strictly a set lock-step system, what criteria are used to determine associate base salaries (excluding bonuses)? (check all that apply) Other

Annual bonuses to eligible associates

Has your organization offered annual bonuses to eligible associates in the past five years? Yes

Associate compensation is comprised of a base salary and a bonus. Associates are eligible for a discretionary bonus, an hours bonus (which is calculated by a specific formula), and a business generation bonus (which is calculated by a specific formula).

What factors are used to determine the amount of an associate's bonus? (check all that apply) Hours billed
Quality of work
Pro bono hours
Business development
Overall contribution (e.g., recruitment activities, firm committees)
Are same sex domestic partners afforded the same benefits as spouses of attorneys? Yes
Are opposite sex domestic partners afforded the same benefits as spouses of attorneys? Yes

Parental leave or family care policy

Does your organization have a written parental leave or family care policy? Yes
Please link to or describe your firm's parental leave policy. Be sure to include information on leave for adoption, surrogacy, or other special circumstances.

ACLs (associates, attorneys, counsel and of counsel) are entitled to 16 weeks of fully-paid parental leave relating to the birth of a newborn or the placement of an adopted child ("birth or placement"). In addition to 16 weeks of fully-paid leave, ACLs are entitled to 8 weeks of unpaid leave relating to birth or placement. ACLs may take parental leave within six months before or after the birth or placement. 

To allow for greater flexibility to meet family needs, ACLs may defer up to 8 weeks of the 16 weeks of paid leave beyond the six-month window, so long as the deferred leave is taken consecutively; within 5 years of birth or placement; and while the individual is an ACL.