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DLA Piper Downsizes Again in Dubai, Hires Alston Partner to Head Financial Practice Group in D.C.

Posted Dec 7, 2009 8:11 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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DLA Piper is laying off seven lawyers and 10 staff members from its offices in the Middle East because of a business slowdown there.

Most of the layoffs are in Dubai, reports Legal Week, which also says the international megafirm plans to transfer another 14 individuals, including some partners, to offices elsewhere in the world.

Adding to the mix another 11 individuals who resigned, the firm's Middle Eastern presence has shrunk nearly 40 percent in a year, the legal publication says.

Meanwhile, the firm is adding a new partner to its Washington, D.C., office, where 37-year-old Jeffrey Hare will fill a new position as head the law firm's financial services regulatory group, reports the Blog of Legal Times.

Hare is the second Alston & Bird partner to jump to DLA Piper in recent weeks: Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has joined the firm as a senior policy adviser and is also a member of its global governing board, as the National Law Journal reported last month.

Earlier related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "DLA Piper and Several Major UK Firms Cut Partner Payouts"

ABAJournal.com: "6 DLA Piper Lawyers Leave Megafirm for Midsize Phila. Practice"

ABAJournal.com: "DLA Piper Lays Off 22 More in Middle East Offices, Including 1 Partner"

ABAJournal.com: "DLA Piper Axes 124 in UK Offices"

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