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Lawyers, Staffers and Pay Cut at Goldberg Kohn; Saul Ewing Also Has Layoffs

Posted Mar 24, 2009 8:12 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Two more law firms have announced associate and staff layoffs, and one of them is also reducing pay.

Midsized Chicago firm Goldberg Kohn has laid off nine associates and 14 support staffers, the National Law Journal reports. Those left behind will taking pay cuts that vary based on the individual.

The layoffs amounted to about one fourth of the firm’s associates, the story says. After the cuts, the law firm will have 29 associates and 48 partners.

The firm has also delayed the start date for new associates and compressed its summer associate program to eight weeks.

Meanwhile, in a second round of cuts, Saul Ewing said laid off seven associates and seven staffers, the Legal Intelligencer reports. Six out of seven associates who lost their jobs were in the firm’s Philadelphia office, and the seventh was in Washington, D.C. The staff members were spread across the firm.

The law firm cut 12 staff members in early January.

Those laid off included the firm’s pro bono counsel and diversity program manager, the story says.

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