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Foley & Lardner Confirms Layoffs of 39 Lawyers

Posted Oct 15, 2009 6:29 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Foley & Lardner is laying off 39 lawyers throughout the firm’s 21 offices.

Foley chief executive Ralf-Reinhard Boer confirmed the cuts in an interview Wednesday with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We have never seen such a downturn ever in demand in the legal services industry," Boer said.

Tipsters told Above the Law about the 39 layoffs last Friday, but the law firm did not immediately confirm the report.

Foley & Lardner has aggressively expanded in the last five years, adding eight offices and hundreds of lawyers, according to the Journal Sentinel. Its intellectual property practice “has expanded dramatically,” according to the story, and it continues to add partner-level lawyers. One recent new hire is Jon Dudas, who was director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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