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DOJ Plan to Close Offices Likely to Result in De Facto Layoffs of Career Antitrust Lawyers

Posted Oct 18, 2011 9:01 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A plan by the Department of Justice to close regional antitrust offices in Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas and Philadelphia likely will result in de facto layoffs of veteran antitrust attorneys.

Although the DOJ has offered to transfer antitrust lawyers to offices in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and pay relocation expenses, many career attorneys there are settled with their families and aren't likely to move, reports the Washington Post.

“Many people have families and spouses with jobs where they’re already located," says an unidentified lawyer in the Philadelphia office. "And there’s no assurances that in two years there won’t be further cuts, and then we’ll lose a job we picked up and moved for.”

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