Posted Jun 16, 2010 05:08 pm CDT
Jones Day has laid off an unspecified number of support staffers in its Los Angeles and Dallas offices.
Washington, D.C., partner Joe Sims tells the ABA Journal that about two-thirds of those laid off are secretarial workers, and the rest are other legal support staffers. Sims wouldn’t give out specific numbers laid off, citing a policy to keep the firm’s internal business operations confidential.
The ABA Journal asked Sims whether the numbers laid off amounted to about 15 people in Dallas and 15 in Los Angeles. The numbers are “order of magnitude right,” he replied.
“These [layoffs] were not performance or economic driven but simply rightsizing to be more effective,” he told the ABA Journal. He said the law firm prefers to trim staff through attrition or careful hiring and the layoffs were a “last-resort alternative.”