What does a Senior Counsel do?

Attorneys advise and represent clients during civil or criminal cases. They provide professional advice, prepare documents, and appear in court to plead on behalf of their clients. They explain legal issues, advise clients on litigation involving them, and research all case elements, including official documentation including a police report. They pay close attention to the legal system elements that pertain to the client's case and search for relevant, previously filed pleadings.

Attorneys formulate a strategy on behalf of clients, intending to find timely and cost-effective ways to manage legal issues. Rather than take a case to trial, attorneys attempt to resolve it promptly. Attorneys familiarize themselves with a client’s case and directly defend their best interest, and help clients discuss plea bargains or other agreements with a district attorney's office. They also advise clients on their public behavior while charges are pending. Attorneys need a Juris Doctor from a school of law and to pass the state Bar exam.

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Work/Life Balance
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Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Senior Counsel Salaries

Average Base Pay

$184,422 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$123K
Median: $184K
$277K
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Senior Counsel Career Path

Learn how to become a Senior Counsel, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L3
Senior Attorney
$140,959/yr
L4
Attorney IV
$116,152/yr
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Read what Senior Counsel professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Baltimore City Public School SystemBaltimore City Public School System
Consulting Attorney
Jan 16, 2020

“One of the Best reasons for working Baltimore City Public School is continual growth and development”

Slater & Gordon UKSlater & Gordon UK
Lawyer
May 12, 2021

“During a difficult Covid year our pay was not reduced and we still received a bonus unlike many law firms.”

Meyers NaveMeyers Nave
Attorney
May 15, 2021

“Great career growth opportunity and for one to become a better attorney by working on novel/challenging issues.”

The Lane Law FirmThe Lane Law Firm
Associate Attorney
May 12, 2021

“There is no chance of growth here to "partner" and the benefits are not the best.”

Ford Motor CompanyFord Motor Company
Attorney
Oct 18, 2021

“The salary is not the best and the career takes too much time to growth.”

Tully Rinckey PLLCTully Rinckey PLLC
Associate Attorney
Sep 10, 2021

“Rewards hard work and grants you independence quickly if you provide consistent high quality work product.”

PeninsulaPeninsula
Senior Employment Law Consultant
Sep 8, 2021

“It is an excellent working environment and I would have no hesitation recommending to others as I have done already.”

Simply ConveyancingSimply Conveyancing
Property Lawyer
Oct 22, 2019

“The job is quite high pressured and can get stressful and I don't feel the holiday we get reflects this!”

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