Business of Law

Midsize firm closes satellite office, sees attorney roster dip


The attorney roster has shrunk at one of the biggest law firms in Sacramento, Calif., and it has closed one of its four satellite offices. However, Downey Brand managing partner, Kevin O’Brien says no lawyers have been laid off and the firm expects to grow in the future.

“We’ve lost some and gained some,” O’Brien told the Sacramento Business Journal, explaining that some lawyers have left but others have been hired.

“Our firm, like most firms in Sacramento, is hoping the economy will improve,” he continued. “Recovery has not been as robust in Sacramento as the Bay Area.”

In June, the firm had 122 lawyers on its roster; that figure has since dipped to 107, the article notes. The closure in October of its Roseville office leaves satellites in San Francisco, Stockton and Reno, Nev.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Downey Brand lays off 11 administrative and support staffers”

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