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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

2005 Restricted Stock Awards Averaged $1 million!!!!!
Jill Nawrocki
Corporate Counsel
July 17, 2006

Companies are using restricted stock to compensate and retain top-performing chief legal officers. Stock options remain an additional form of compensation (73 or 100 GCs surveyed were awarded options).

Sixty-one GCs on's list received some amount of restricted stock in 2005, and the average award rose by 35 percent, to nearly $1 million ($987,269), more than $250,000 higher than in 2004.

Bonuses remained one of the prime ways to reward GCs. The average bonus on's list of GC's was $906,820. Charts:

- Annual Compensation of Some of America's Top Earners

- Interesting Categories

GC Compensation Methodology

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