By: Teresa Lo
Sandra Goldstein may be the most well-paid female attorney in Big Law. According to Law.com, she is expected to bring in $11 million dollars a year for the next five years at Kirkland & Ellis. This does not include her sign-on bonus.
Goldstein was a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, but she left for Kirkland & Ellis to practice securities litigation and commercial litigation. She attended NYU Law School in 1987, and she built her career at Cravath. She was the youngest associate to make partner at the age of 30, according to Law.com.
Goldstein credits her mother, a trial lawyer and then a judge in New York, as a role model for her career. She said that she learned to work hard based on her example.
News of Goldstein’s impressive salary comes at a time when women are underrepresented and underpaid in Big Law. In 2016, Major, Lindsey & Africa released a report that female partners were paid 44% less on average than male partners. The organization said that the main reason for the gap was because salaries were based on who brought in the most business. The report found that women average $1.7 million worth of business while men bring in $2.6 million on average.
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