Associates with Susman Godfrey got some great news this morning. Today, the firm awarded associates year-end bonuses ranging from $40,000 to $110,000, says Stephen Susman (pictured), a founder of the Houston-based litigation firm. Also, Susman says, two associates were up for partner, and both made it. The newly minted partners are Robert Safi and Chanler Langham, both of Houston. Susman says Safi and Langham received $110,000 bonuses, and other partnership-track associates received bonuses based on their seniority, quality of work and hours worked. He says the firm again paid generous year-end bonuses to associates because the firm did well financially in 2011. The 90-lawyer firm is known for its big bonuses. The firm stunned the Texas legal market in 2000 when it gave its associates bonuses equal to their base salaries -- bonuses ranging from $114,000 to $165,000. In 2010, Susman Godfrey associates received year-end bonuses ranging from $45,000 to more than $100,000. The firm also has offices in Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City and Seattle.
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys