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799 ABA Journal Layoffs articles.

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…

Law Firm Leverage Could Determine Which Associates Get the Ax

Small or medium-size law firms that focus on structured finance and mergers and acquisitions are hardest hit by the credit crisis.

And associates could also take a hit if these…

6 Partners Leave Frisco’s Howard,Rice But Profits Reportedly are Strong

After staff layoffs last year, six longtime partners have quietly left Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin.

However,…

‘Feeding Frenzy’ Over Expected Lawyer Layoffs at Bear Stearns

Updated: Although it’s not yet confirmed, observers expect that a significant number of the 100 or so lawyers in the compliance department of Bear Stearns Cos. will be laid off…

Thelen Cuts 26 Associates, 85 Staffers

Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner has confirmed it will lay off 26 associates and 85 members of its support staff.

Co-chairman Stephen…

Law Firm Layoffs: ‘Fewer Than 10’ Let Go at Edwards Angell

Joining an elite group of law firms that have previously announced attorney layoffs in recent months is Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge.

Chip DeWitt, who is managing partner of the…

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