Offit Kurman Adds Labor and Employment Duo From Archer & Greiner

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The other selling point, Morris added, was Offit Kurman's compensation system, which he said is designed to objectively reward individual attorneys for the amount of business they bring into the firm, as well as the amount of work they do.

As Offit told The Legal in 2012, business origination is not just a component of the firm's compensation system, but a driver, and the firm pays a premium to attorneys at all levels for generating work.

In addition, Offit said, the firm rewards attorneys for the amount of hours they bill.

Morris said the objective pay system sets Offit Kurman apart from most other firms.

"In many other firms—I'm not just speaking about Archer—you could have a great year, but if the firm as a whole doesn't do so well you're going to suffer as well," Morris said. "At this firm, there's some individuality in the compensation scheme."

Archer & Greiner President Christopher R. Gibson told The Legal on Tuesday that his firm's compensation system is based on both subjective and objective factors, including origination, but acknowledged that pay can be affected by the firm's overall performance.

"We probably are a little bit more of the old school 'all boats rise with the tide and get lower when the tide goes out' [approach]," Gibson said, but added that the firm does have a discretionary bonus pool it uses to compensate attorneys who perform particularly well.

Firm leaders and consultants told The Legal in November that many large firms are looking at moving away from origination-based compensation and toward models that take into account other factors, such as profitability and investment time.

But Offit said Tuesday that its pay system plays a significant role in attracting laterals, and the firm, which more than doubled the size of its Philadelphia office to 24 attorneys in 2013, aims to continue growing by bringing on experienced attorneys with established practices and books of business.

The Morrises' practice centers on counseling municipal governments on labor and employment issues, meaning everything from contract bids and collective bargaining agreements to employee grievances and discipline.

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