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When the Boss Turns Quiet: Warning Signs of a Layoff

If your boss suddenly stops talking to you, it may be a warning sign that you will soon be laid off.

The Wall Street Journal (sub.…

O’Melveny Says Cost-Cutting Drove Staff Cuts, but Not Associate Ousters

A review of costs at O’Melveny & Myers this year has resulted in staff layoffs, but ousted associates were fired for performance rather than cost-saving reasons, according to a firm…

Dechert Chair Calls Layoff Rumors ‘Bull,’ Says Firings Performance-Related

The chairman of Dechert says overall associate head count is up at the law firm, despite some performance-related firings, and any talk of new layoffs is “bull.”

Firm chairman Barton…

Jenner & Block Asks About 10 Partners to Leave

Jenner & Block has notified about 10 partners that they should leave the law firm, sources told the National Law Journal.

The news comes less than…

Laid-Off Employees File Class Action Against Heller Ehrman

Three laid-off employees of Heller Ehrman have filed a class action suit that contends the law firm failed to follow federal and state laws requiring 60-day notification before layoffs.

The…

Dewey & LeBoeuf Pulls Out of N.C., Sets Sights on Qatar

Citing the consolidation of the banking sector and a slowdown in the structured finance market, New York’s Dewey & LeBoeuf announced it is pulling its office in Charlotte, N.C.

The…

Perkins Coie, Davis Wright Expecting Big Revenues From Heller Hires

Perkins Coie wooed Heller Ehrman’s entire Madison, Wis. office, including 16 intellectual property litigators and 10 staffers, with its winning bid in an auction-style process the Oct 20, 2008 8:37 PM CDT

New Heller Layoffs; Axed Secretary Tells of Disappearing Copiers

Most of the remaining staff at Heller Ehrman have reportedly received an e-mail informing them that today is their last day at the law firm.

Employees at the firm estimated…

Katten Lays Off 21 Attorneys, Sonnenschein Lays Off 24

As economic turmoil continues, two well-known Chicago-based international law firms have confirmed that they are laying off attorneys.

After reports earlier this week that Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal has laid…

Report: Sonnenschein Axes 60

Chicago-based Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal reportedly laid off 60 associates and staff today.

The layoffs are being executed at a national level, without input from local offices, the law blog…

Firms Snap Up Partners from Hot Heller Practices; Associates Struggle

While many Heller Ehrman partners have found safe havens in other BigLaw firms, often bringing their substantial client bases with them, intellectual property litigators and insurance recovery groups appear to…

Clifford Chance Lays Off 20 Associates in N.Y. and D.C.

Despite expectations of more litigation work because of the global financial crisis, the work hasn’t yet materialized. So one of the world’s biggest law firms has laid off 20 U.S.…

At Least 100 Heller Employees Laid Off on Friday

Updated: Two e-mails were dispatched to Heller Ehrman employees last Friday. One informed the recipients they were being asked to continue working at the law firm, for now. The other…

Some Law Firms Tell Nervous Lawyers Jobs are Safe

Some law firms are holding meetings and dispatching e-mails to reassure lawyers who are nervous about the economic downturn.

The National Law Journal chronicles some of…

Legal Employment Down 15,600 Jobs Since ‘07

Legal services sector employment has dropped 1.3 percent, shedding 15,600 jobs, since its all-time high in May 2007, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor on Friday. There were 1,165,100 jobs in the legal sector in September, down from 1,180,700 jobs in May 2007.

Nonfarm payroll employment in all sectors declined by 159,000 in September, compared to August. That was the largest drop since 2002, and more than the 105,000 that economists were expecting, according to CNN Money.

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