Chicago lawyers, including some who represented clients at Trump Tower, are reportedly considering a massive wage increase in an effort to help offset a $10 million salary cut by Trump’s administration.
The Chicago Tribune reports that some Chicago lawyers are planning to receive $9 million more in compensation than they did in 2017, while the city’s top two lawyers, Andrew and Robert Mrazek, have agreed to receive nearly $2 million more.
The paper says the Mrazeks’ new pay will be a $9,000 increase over the previous year’s pay, which was set at $5,400.
The city has already taken steps to raise salaries in 2017.
According to the Tribune, the new increase will be set at 10 percent of the legal firm’s annual base salary, which currently stands at $75,000.
The increase would go into effect on January 1, 2018, the paper reported.
The Tribune reported that the Mzeks, who were hired by Trump in the summer of 2018, were set to earn a combined $8.7 million in 2017 and $10.4 million in 2018.
The Mrazks were among a group of Trump’s most high-profile hires, including a senior associate at the White House who was named White House liaison to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and a senior counsel for the Trump administration who worked on the administration’s housing initiative.
Chicago has also recently seen a rise in the number of attorneys being hired in the area of immigration law, according to the paper.
Last year, the city added more than 2,000 attorneys to the workforce, according the paper, with the most recent hiring of a new attorney on Tuesday.