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2013 In-Depth Top General Counsel Compensation Report

As Featured in Wall Street Journal and American Lawyer Magazine

Companies today face a growing number of legal challenges, including contentious patent wars, intensified government regulation, and highly-scrutinized mergers and acquisitions. With these challenges, the value of top-notch General Counsels continues to increase.


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Equilar’s Executive Compensation Survey provides up-to-date compensation data for General Counsels at nearly half of the Fortune 1000 companies.

  • The median total compensation for General Counsels at Fortune 1000 companies was $1.6 million.
  • General Counsels who reported directly to the CEO had a median pay of almost $1.7 million, 33.2% higher than those who do not.
  • More than 25% of General Counsels in the Survey were not eligible to receive perquisites.

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