What does an Of Counsel do?

Of counsels are lawyers who have an affiliation and working relationship with a law firm, but do not hold a staff title such as partner or associate. They provide legal advice and guidance, often focused in their particular area of legal specialization. They are often enlisted to provide legal expertise to a certain business division or department, or to advise executives and other stakeholders. They sometimes work as an independent contractor, often maintaining a part-time schedule or serving as an occasional consultant as needed. Payment structures vary by firm and may include equity or profit-based compensation.

Of counsels are attorneys who have a J.D. degree and must have a valid license to practice law in their state. They have extensive legal experience and often have specialized expertise. These roles require strong communication and client relations skills.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
4%
2 - 4
58%
5 - 7
30%
8+
8%

Of Counsel Seniority Levels

Document Review Attorney
3% made the transition
Attorney
43% made the transition
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Of Counsel Salaries

Average Base Pay

$183,631 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$94K
Median: $184K
$357K
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