A Senior Counsel earns an average salary of $153,274 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Corporate, Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC) Experience, Insurance, privacy, and Mergers and Acquisitions.

$105,039 - $198,710
MEDIAN: $153,274

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$105,039 - $198,710  
$4,801 - $44,540  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $19,531  
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$116,379 - $222,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 443

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Job Description for Senior Counsel

A senior counsel is responsible for handling various legal matters inside a law firm or, in some cases, in businesses. Their specific tasks may vary depending on the needs of their organization and their specialty. Generally, they must be able to apply complex legal strategy to the specific needs and requirements of their clients and/or organization. They may also mentor other attorneys and work extensively with internal teams on their needs. Other tasks completed by the senior counsel might include working with clients, creating legal strategies catering to clients' needs, and providing legal advice as required. For example, they may give advice related to land and contracts and help develop contracts for these matters as well. The senior counsel must be skilled in effectively conducting research and resolving legal disputes.


Senior Counsel Tasks

  • Prepare, negotiate, and review all contracts involving sales, rebates, research and consulting, and more.
  • Provide support for bid responses and negotiations.
  • Provide support in the creation and approval of product marketing goods.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $166,704

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Senior Counsel Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Senior Counsel in West Palm Beach:
"Provide Important Legal Advise to Public Company Senior Exec."
Be prepared to put in a lot of work in very varied and different fields. Be there for senior leadership when needed.

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Experience Affects Senior Counsel Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Senior Counsel Salaries

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Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC) Experience
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Mergers and Acquisitions
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Corporate Governance
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Real Estate
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Contract Negotiation
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Regulatory Compliance
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Risk Management / Risk Control
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National Average

Intellectual Property (IP)
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Litigation Case Management
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Legal Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.


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44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 6%