If you ever find yourself working on the weekend on an expedited matter and wishing that it could earn you some extra cash, then have we got the firm for you. Not only do attorneys at this firm earn bonuses for taking on weekend work, but doing client work on the weekends on a rush basis is completely optional. Attorneys at this firm can take ownership of their own work lives, and that’s pretty refreshing.
Meet Kristen Corpion, who started her Florida business boutique, Corp Law, after spending three years as an associate at Greenberg Traurig. Her compensation policies for attorneys and staff are unique, and her goal is to make sure that all of her employees are truly happy. The American Lawyer has the details on Corp Law’s policy when it comes to weekend work:
[T]he  attorneys who work for Corpion decide whether they want to give up time on weekends to handle expedited client requests. Clients who sign up with Corp Law know there’s a rush fee attached to fast-track legal work and that the attorney being asked to work on Saturday or Sunday has the ultimate call. If they accept, they get a portion of the rush fee. Corpion is vetting a similar policy for support staff to ensure it complies with Florida Bar rules.
“I don’t expect you to give up your weekend, so let’s build something out where you get something out of it. If one lawyer passes on it and has something going on, maybe another lawyer might want to step in and do it,” Corpion said. “I want to give lawyers more choice so they’re feeling like they’re not expected to work at 2 a.m. on a Friday because they’re getting their normal salary.”
Coming from a Biglaw firm with an annualized bonus structure, Corpion has changed things up for her own employees, paying out quarterly bonuses should they exceed their quarterly target of 450 billable hours. At the end of the day, she wants everyone to know that they have full autonomy over their own work — and relatedly, their own compensation.
If you’re looking for a law firm where work-life balance is more than just a corporate buzzword and you can take charge of your own work, then you may have met your match in a firm like Corp Law.
Meet the Firm Leader Paying Bonuses for Weekend Work [American Lawyer]
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