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Goodwin Procter plans to close San Diego office, lay off 10 lawyers and 12 staff


Goodwin Procter has confirmed that the firm plans to close its San Diego office by the end of September, laying off 10 lawyers and 12 staff members.

Two of the six partners at the office, as well as six associates and four staff members apparently will be offered a chance to relocate or pursue other work arrangements, according to Bloomberg.

An internal email circulated on Monday said that the Boston-based firm plans to continue to grow its life sciences and biotechnology practice at offices in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, reports Above the Law.

“As you may recall, when we opened the office in March 2007, we envisioned that the San Diego office would be a significant source of corporate transactional work, particularly in the life sciences and biotech areas,” the firm’s chairman and managing partner wrote. “While this was the case initially, and while these practices have continued to grow nationally at the firm, we haven’t been able to realize our initial vision for San Diego despite our best efforts.”

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