Two more women have joined a lawsuit that claims BigLaw firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP systematically paid female attorneys less than their male peers, and impeded their progress. In August, Kerrie L. Campbell filed a lawsuit alleging that male partners there earned, on average, about 40 percent more than their female counterparts. A memorandum of law filing in the case states that in 2016, the average base pay for female partners was 21 percent less than their male counterparts. The filing also notes discrepancies in merit bonuses, with 44 percent of male partners earning bonuses, compared to just 28 percent of female partners. In September, 14 female partners from the firm filed a letter disputing the suit. Chadbourne has called the suit a “national smear campaign,” and a “cynical pursuit of a big and undeserved payday.”
According to a survey released last fall by Major, Lindsey & Africa, female law partners on average earn about one-third, or about $300,000, less annually than their male colleagues.