Deputy General Counsel Salary
Salaries for Deputy General Counsels in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($192K) per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Deputy General Counsels is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of Deputy General Counsels (67 percent) survey respondents are male. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$100,305 - $252,590|
|Bonus||$2,466 - $73,655|
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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
- Prepare and prosecute claims against others, and present status reports on progress.
- Prepare witnesses, conduct relevant research, and draft pleadings and briefs.
- Provide counsel and representation in areas such as torts, administrative proceedings, public records, contracts, and more.
- Coordinate with external legal counsel as necessary.
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Pay by Experience Level for Deputy General Counsel
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Deputy General Counsels. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $79K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $166K. Deputy General Counsels who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $219K. Deputy General Counsels with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $264K.
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