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822 ABA Journal Layoffs articles.

Eckert Seamans lays off business administrative professionals

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott has laid off 2% of its business administrative professionals, a law firm spokesperson told Above the Law.

BigLaw firm lays off 47 business services employees

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has laid off 34 employees across its U.S. offices and another 13 employees overseas, the law firm announced Thursday.

55 lawyers among 5% of global workforce being laid off at this BigLaw firm

Dechert laid off 55 lawyers and 43 business professionals Tuesday, as the law firm began implementing cuts to “align our staffing levels with demand.”

How are BigLaw firms faring in first quarter? Billable hours are at 15-year low

Demand for legal services is down slightly, while lawyer head count is increasing—a combination that is resulting in a decline in average billable hours, according to a survey of BigLaw firms by Wells Fargo’s Legal Specialty Group.

Some law firms avoid layoffs by adjusting associate class years downward

Law firms looking for a way to save money without layoffs are increasingly adjusting associate class years, according to legal recruiters in California and New York who spoke with Law.com.

Another BigLaw firm says any associate job cuts are due to performance evaluations

Ropes & Gray has told Law.com that any job cuts being made at the law firm are the result of performance evaluations.

BigLaw firm confirms more layoffs in business services

Shearman & Sterling is laying off additional employees after an earlier round of cuts in February.

Cooley reportedly pushes back start date for incoming associates; are summer programs at risk?

Cooley has pushed back its start date for new associates from November 2023 to January 2024, according to reports by Bloomberg Law and Law.com that rely on anonymous sources.

10% of lawyers and staff members laid off at Silicon Valley-based law firm

Silicon Valley-based law firm Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian said in an internal memo Tuesday it is laying off 10% of its lawyers, paralegals and staff members in its U.S. offices “in response to current macroeconomic and market conditions.”

Associate cuts were not layoffs, BigLaw firm says

A spokesperson for Kirkland & Ellis says associate cuts last week were not layoffs.

Lowenstein Sandler lays off 16 staff members, citing changing needs and shifting market

Lowenstein Sandler has laid off 16 business services professionals, the law firm confirmed to Law.com Wednesday evening.

Perkins Coie lays off 58 business professionals, cites higher costs and workplace transformations

Perkins Coie announced in a firmwide memo Monday that it has laid off 58 business professionals across its U.S. offices.

Am Law 200 firm cuts lawyers and staffers as it looks at cost-cutting measures

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch confirmed Monday that it has laid off lawyers and staff members.

Goodwin Procter averaged gain or loss of 1 lateral associate each day since 2020

Lateral associate movement at Goodwin Procter flowed both ways, as the law firm boosted productivity and head count during a period of rising deal work.

BigLaw firm lays off 12 associates and 26 staff members because of ‘economic headwinds’

Shearman & Sterling confirmed Wednesday that it has laid off 12 associates and 26 business services staff members.

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