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Layoffs

804 ABA Journal Layoffs articles.

DC’s New AG Axes 10 Attorneys, Increases Oversight

The days of blue jeans and considerable lawyer autonomy are reportedly over at the Washington, D.C., attorney general’s office.

Although he hasn’t decided for sure whether he’ll stay in the…

Humor Columnist Takes Aim at Stealth Layoffs

A humor columnist notes that law firms are reluctant to admit they are suffering from the economic downturn. As a result, they use a number of strategies to lay off…

Bingham Lays Off 17 Bay Area Staffers

Bingham McCutchen has laid off 17 San Francisco area support staffers.

San Francisco managing partner Geoffrey Howard said the layoffs in his office amounted to 5 percent to 10 percent…

Holland & Knight Lays Off 70 Legal Secretaries

Holland & Knight is laying off 70 legal secretaries, about 5 percent of its support staff.

The move comes after a small decline in the firm’s gross revenue last year,…

Real Estate Firm Cuts Lawyer Pay by 12 Percent

A South Florida law firm hit hard by the real estate downturn has cut its lawyers’ pay by 12 percent.

If its financial situation improves, Becker & Poliakoff will make…

Lawyers ‘in the Middle’ at Most at Risk of Firings

At big law firms, midlevel lawyers are at the greatest risk of being laid off in the economic downturn.

Dan Weiner, co-chair of the personnel committee at Hughes Hubbard, told…

Ousted Paul Hastings Associate Explains Scathing Mass E-Mail

Updated: An associate fired from Paul Hastings six days after her miscarriage says she sent a mass e-mail criticizing the action to support other ousted lawyers who “left the firm…

Law Firms Seek, Unsuccessfully, to Keep Associate Disputes Private

Once upon a time, associates who were let go by their law firms tiptoed quietly out the door, perhaps after several months spent “working” at their desks to find another…

Heller Rewards Rainmakers, But Some Storm Away

Changes at Heller Ehrman that were designed to improve profitability have upset some longtime partners, spurring some of them to leave.

Twenty-five partners left the firm last year, and so…

Shearman Axes In-House General Counsel Job

Shearman & Sterling has decided to buck the trend by eliminating the full-time position of general counsel.

John Shutkin was hired as full-time general counsel in 2004 to oversee risk…

Cadwalader Shrinks Summer Associate Program

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft is hiring only 58 summer associates this year, down from 101 law students who participated in the program last year.

With fewer summer associates, the firm…

Sutherland Asbill Lays Off Some Associates

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan has laid off fewer than 15 associates, including about eight lawyers in its Atlanta office.

An initial report said as many as 30 to 40 associates…

Law Firm Layoffs Alternative: ‘Cut, Redeploy’

Although there have been well-publicized associate layoffs at a number of law firms recently, many are also thinking “cut, redeploy” and finding a way to shift junior attorneys in lagging…

For Some Associates, Work is Slow, Delayed or Nonexistent

Associates at big law firms were flying high last year when starting salaries skyrocketed to $160,000. Now some are in for a bumpy ride.

This year, some law firms are…

In-House Jobs Not So Cushy or Exciting, Says Veteran Lawyer

If you think a jump from a law firm to an in-house position is the ticket to a cushy, stress-free job, think again. The life of an in-house lawyer is…

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