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Edwards Wildman lays off 10 lawyers, 42 staff

Posted Apr 7, 2014 5:35 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Edwards Wildman Palmer has laid off 10 attorneys and 42 staff members.

The layoffs were made in 10 of the 525-attorney firm's 16 offices, according to Above the Law and the Wall Street Journal Law Blog (sub. req.).

"Advances in technology have resulted in a need for fewer support staff and related services in law firms," says the firm in a written statement. "In addition, we are positioning our firm to reflect the industries and markets we serve.

"As part of this process, and after careful consideration, we are reducing staffing levels by 42 administrative positions, as well as 10 lawyers, in 10 of the firm’s 16 offices," the statement continues. "Those affected will receive severance packages commensurate with their tenure and position levels, and we thank them for their many contributions to the firm. While it is always difficult to say farewell to longtime colleagues, we are confident that this realignment and the creation of an in-house administrative resource center will enable us to serve clients more efficiently and strengthen the firm in the long term."

Created in 2011 by the merger of Boston-based Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge and Chicago's Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon, the firm has lost some partners in recent years but added an equivalent number, according to the Law Blog.

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