Non-Equity Partnership Trends

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In recent years the number of non-equity partners has grown significantly, but in many firms the non-equity tier is not functioning as it should.  Managed well, a non-equity tier can be a proving ground for new laterals, a transitional stage for rising stars, or a long-term berth for technical experts. Instead, it often becomes a warehouse for lawyers who don’t generate their own work, block upcoming talent and don’t add economic or professional value commensurate with their compensation.  We’ve compiled some statistics on the increase in non-equity partners in the Am Law 200 since1999.

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