Microsoft to Offer Counsel Diversity Bonuses: Participating Firms Will Earn an Extra 2 Percent in Fees Each Year

Leigh Jones

Microsoft Corp. will announce on Monday a diversity initiative that will give bonuses to outside counsel based on their inclusion of minority and women attorneys. The unique plan applies to Microsoft's 17 so-called Premier Preferred Provider law firms, which collectively receive about $150 million in fees from the technology giant each year. The plan also enables Microsoft's in-house lawyers to receive bonuses based on improvements that the law firms make in their diversity numbers.

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