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Jenner & Block Asks About 10 Partners to Leave

Posted Oct 21, 2008 10:52 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Jenner & Block has notified about 10 partners that they should leave the law firm, sources told the National Law Journal.

The news comes less than a month after Jenner & Block reportedly held meetings to assure associates and partners that layoffs aren’t expected.

The group being asked to leave includes equity and nonequity partners, the story says. Most are from the firm’s Chicago office. The law firm also asked about 10 partners to leave last year and about 20 to leave the year before.

Associates are not affected by the layoffs, managing partner Susan Levy told the legal newspaper.

"In this economy, all well-managed law firms, including Jenner & Block, must assess operations, staffing and expenses on a continuing basis and Jenner & Block is making selected staffing changes to better align our expertise and services with the current and anticipated client needs, just as we have in the past few years," managing partner Susan Levy said in a statement. "In this economy, we have to be particularly vigilant and are taking a hard look at every area of expense."

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