Deputy General Counsel Salary
Earnings for Deputy General Counsels in the United States come in at around $193K per year on average. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Deputy General Counsels is high. Almost all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a large number collect vision insurance. More than half of Deputy General Counsels (65 percent) survey respondents are men. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Job Description for Deputy General Counsel
Businesses which file or face lawsuits, or need advice regarding legal issues, refer to a "general counsel." The deputy general counsel is, in most situations, the backup general counsel who works underneath a more experienced attorney to perform necessary legal work, which may include appearing in court or preparing for legal proceedings.Read More...
A deputy general counsel works primarily in an office during regular business hours, though this can vary depending on the company's immediate needs. In large corporations, they may work directly in a company’s building or headquarters, though they usually work off-site in a law office. They typically meet with clients as necessary and may also travel to other locations for direct contact with litigants and witnesses or to conduct research, and they work closely with the general counsel on a regular basis.
Strong research and communication skills are essential in this position to research prior case law, finer details of a complaint, or facts involved in a dispute, and those in this position must also be able to work efficiently under pressure. Almost all deputy general counsels are lawyers themselves who have taken 4 years of undergrad work, 3 years of law school, and successfully passed the state’s bar exam, and many are also educated further to specialize their skills. It is also important that they continue to learn and stay up-to-date with all relevant laws and regulations.
Deputy General Counsel Tasks
- Provide counsel and representation in areas such as torts, administrative proceedings, public records, contracts, and more.
- Coordinate with external legal counsel as necessary.
- Prepare and prosecute claims against others, and present status reports on progress.
- Prepare witnesses, conduct relevant research, and draft pleadings and briefs.
Pay by Experience Level for Deputy General Counsel
Pay by Experience for a Deputy General Counsel has a positive trend. An entry-level Deputy General Counsel with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 13 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Deputy General Counsel with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $163,000 based on 24 salaries. An experienced Deputy General Counsel which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $220,000 based on 79 salaries. A Deputy General Counsel with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $254,000 based on 36 salaries.
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