Posted On: May 27, 2008 by Ronald V. Miller, Jr.

Starting Salaries for First Year Lawyers in Baltimore: On the Rise?

Apparently, the reports of the demise of opportunity for upper crust law students looking to practice law in Baltimore were greatly exaggerated. The Maryland Daily Record reports that first year lawyers starting at Venable this fall will make a whopping $165,000, more than every judge in Maryland other than Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell. Two other law firms with offices in Baltimore, DLA Piper and Hogan & Hartson will pay first-year associates $160,000. (Personal note: I got a second interview at Hogan & Hartson my second year of law school. I was interviewed by a fellow named John Roberts. I think my rejection letter arrived before I got back to my house.)

Things are also going swimmingly at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, a mid-sized Baltimore base law firm that many thought would not thrive in the new world of mega law firms. This year, Whiteford will pay first year lawyers $120,000, a 26% increase from last year’s $95,000.

In other Baltimore salary news, Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander is holding first-year associate salaries $100,000 as it has for the last two years.

I wrote recently that I thought it was silly to think that the Baltimore legal market would be immunized from the downturn in business activity in the economy. But there may be some level of truth to it.

More Baltimore first year lawyer salaries:

McGwire Woods LLP: $145,000
Miles & Stockbridge P.C.: $140,000
Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll LLP: $140,000
Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office: $52,800
Baltimore City Public Defender's Office: $52,949