Layoffs

781 ABA Journal Layoffs articles.

Seyfarth Shaw announces some layoffs while rolling back salary cuts
Seyfarth Shaw has announced that it is returning staff members to full 2020 salaries, restoring attorney compensation, and bringing back some furloughed employees.
BigLaw firm confirms layoffs, doesn’t say whether lawyers are affected
Winston & Strawn has confirmed staff layoffs in connection with its formation of a new resource center that will deliver professional support services to lawyers and clients around the clock.
Afternoon Briefs: Top state court criticizes former justice; more law firms reverse pay cuts

Top state court criticizes disciplined former justice

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday criticized Cynthia Baldwin, a former justice, after she said an affidavit, if true, shows “bias and vindictiveness”…

Another BigLaw firm joins the list of firms laying off staff

Legal consultants have predicted that law firms would continue to cut administrative staff that supported lawyers before the COVID-19 pandemic, and they weren’t wrong. “These changes reflect long-term trends in the legal market,” a spokesperson said.

Afternoon Briefs: Federal courthouse closed because of COVID-19; appeals court blocks abortion-referral ban

COVID-19 cases reportedly lead to federal court shutdown

The federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, was temporarily closed Friday after several security officers from the building reportedly tested positive for…

Skadden is latest firm to announce layoffs; experts say more law firms will follow
As several law firms announced layoffs this week, consultants warned of more bloodletting ahead. One consultant spoke of overcapacity among nonequity partners. Others said staff members are at risk as lawyers working at home are becoming more self-sufficient.
Layoffs hit furloughed staffers at 2 BigLaw firms, lawyers and staffers at another
Updated: Layoffs are hitting workers at Baker McKenzie, Davis Wright Tremaine and Venable.
Afternoon Briefs: Bankruptcy classes more popular; John Pierce representing teen in Kenosha shootings

More law students are taking bankruptcy classes

Some law professors are reporting the demand for their bankruptcy classes is booming. Ronald Mann, a Columbia Law School professor, told Thomson Reuters…

More work shifted to law partners as demand for legal services dropped, new report says
Are partners hoarding legal work in challenging times? That is one of the questions raised by a new report that found that the average growth in billed rates reached record highs in the year’s second quarter, even as demand for legal services plummeted.
Afternoon Briefs: Stealth layoffs are a bad idea, expert says; ACLU seeks sanction against feds

Stealth layoffs could affect law firm ‘vitality,’ expert says

Attributing layoffs to performance rather than economic issues—so-called stealth layoffs—could harm associate relationships with law firm partners and leaders, according to…

Sullivan & Cromwell among law firms reportedly laying off employees, offering buyout packages
Sullivan & Cromwell has reportedly laid off employees in multiple departments and offered buyout packages to many older employees.
Partner distributions resume at some law firms amid coronavirus crisis
At least two large law firms are resuming partner distributions after trimming them in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Law grads have had job offers rescinded at 49% of surveyed law schools

Law grads have had employment offers rescinded at 49% of the law schools surveyed by the National Association for Law Placement.

Hardest hit were graduates of schools in the Southeast…

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner announces layoffs; experts say other firms may follow

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner announced Wednesday that it is laying off a small number of lawyers and staff members across its global offices.

In London, the layoffs include 14 fee…

Miller Canfield lays off and furloughs some lawyers
Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone has laid off and furloughed some lawyers as a result of the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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