24. Baker Donelson
Baker Donelson
Average total pay: $120,212
For: Associate*
Best companies rank: 54

Baker Donelson wants smart employees who will get smarter. As of this year, each member of the firm's staff is eligible for $5,250 in tuition reimbursements per year with a $25,000 firm-wide threshold. That's on top of all the other legal education and mentoring programs available.

Secretaries at Baker Donelson who work for three attorneys or more, instead of the customary two, can receive an annual bonus of $2,000 ($500 per quarter). "This is unique in today's legal marketplace," the company says.

There are extensive pro bono opportunities, and through the firm's BakerCares program, every employee gets 8 hours off each year for paid volunteer time.

*Most common salaried job
By Robert Levering and Milton Moskowitz @FortuneMagazine - Last updated January 24 2012: 2:54 PM ET
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