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Yesterday, Milbank became a trendsetter and blessed its attorneys with an unexpected salary increase. Refusing to be tardy to the party, McKool Smith has matched the scale for its hardworking billers.

McKool Matching Milbank

McKool’s clients know it for its phenomenal intellectual property and bankruptcy work. Bankers will know McKool’s employees by the new smiles they’ll be brandishing under their masks at the bank teller’s table. At least, they would if people still used banks. They’ll probably just be getting the money directly deposited to their bank accounts, but that isn’t nearly as interesting of a mental picture.

(Turn to the next page to see the McKool Smith memo.)

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Chris Williams became a social media manager and assistant editor for Above the Law in June 2021. Prior to joining the staff, he moonlighted as a minor Memelord™ in the Facebook group Law School Memes for Edgy T14s.  He endured Missouri long enough to graduate from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. He is a former boatbuilder who cannot swim, a published author on critical race theory, philosophy, and humor, and has a love for cycling that occasionally annoys his peers. You can reach him by email at and by tweet at @WritesForRent.

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