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Major Maine Firm, Pierce Atwood, Lays Off Some, Hires Others

Posted Feb 2, 2009 2:15 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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For economic reasons, the largest law firm in Maine laid off seven lawyers and 14 staff members last week in its Portland, Augusta and Portsmouth, N.H., offices, but is looking to hire five more lawyers in Boston and Providence, R.I.

The laid-off lawyers worked in the Portland and Portsmouth offices of Pierce Atwood, reports Mainebiz. The firm plans to hire three more lawyers in Boston this month and open a Providence office with two lawyers in March, where the economy is growing.

"Obviously, we never like to do this, but given the uncertainty of the economic climate and the fact our clients want us to keep our costs under control, we felt we needed to make some adjustments to realign our resources with what our clients' needs are right now," Gloria Pinza, the firm's managing partner, tells the business publication.

"The firm has 129 lawyers and 114 support staff in its total operation," notes the Portland Press Herald.

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