Squire Sanders and Ice Miller Lay Off Staffers

Squire Sanders & Dempsey has laid off additional staffers, possibly in a move to become a more attractive potential merger partner.

Squire Sanders’ Miami office laid off “a couple runners, some staffers and a few people in accounting,” according to the office’s managing partner, Alvin Davis. He told the National Law Journal that he does not know whether the firm laid off staffers elsewhere.

Davis said no lawyers lost their jobs, but sources told the National Law Journal that some lawyers had been asked to leave but are being allowed to remain working at the firm until they find new positions.

Squire Sanders laid off 30 lawyers and paralegals in November. Those cuts and the more current layoffs may be part of an effort by the firm to position itself better as it discusses a merger with Seyfarth Shaw, the legal newspaper says.

Other law firms laying off nonlawyer staffers include Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Holland & Knight, and Ice Miller, the story says. And Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has reportedly laid off several staff attorneys.

Indianapolis-based Ice Miller cut about 2 percent of its staff positions, the National Law Journal reports in a separate story.

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