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Winstead Revokes Offer 4 Days Before New Associate Was to Start Work

An incoming first-year was expecting to begin work today at Winstead.

But on Thursday, four days before she was to start, the firm revoked her offer, reports the Tex Parte blog of Texas Lawyer.

In a written statement, the 262-attorney Dallas-based firm cited the economy as the reason for the move. It declined to discuss the timing.

“They just said there wasn’t any work for me,” the unidentified lawyer tells the legal publication, saying that she received the bad news in a phone call on Thursday. She says she has passed the Texas bar exam.

Three other associates in her class apparently did start work at Winstead today; an offer to another incoming associate in what originally was a five-member group scheduled to arrive at the firm for their first day today was revoked in September. Four other first-years started at Winstead in September 2009, according to the firm.

The article doesn’t say whether the associates whose offers were revoked received any compensation from the firm.

Hat tip: New York Lawyer.

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