Townsend Firm Axes 9 Lawyers, 25 Staff

It was a grim Wednesday this week at the California offices of Townsend and Townsend and Crew, as the intellectual property boutique axed nine lawyers and 25 staff members.

Most of the attorneys let go were associates, although a few senior lawyers were also cut, the firm’s chair, Maureen Sheehy, tells the Recorder in an article reprinted in New York Lawyer (reg. req.).

She attributed the layoffs to a downturn in patent litigation and a push by clients for leaner staffing of cases.

“With these changes we’ve got ourselves on solid footing with what the demand is for the rest of the year,” she states. “We’re not anticipating any dramatic changes happening on any front.”

Last month, it was reported that a possible merger of the 190-attorney Townsend and 500-lawyer Kilpatrick Stockton will not occur.

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