Deputy General Counsel Salary
Deputy General Counsels in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $191K) surpassing six figures annually. Career length 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. Male Deputy General Counsels who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (65 percent) are men. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Deputy General Counsels. The average beginner in this position makes around $79K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $167K. Deputy General Counsels bring in $218K after working for 10 to 20 years. Deputy General Counsels who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $256K on average.