Dewey Move Raises Specter Of More Office Closings

Law360, New York (October 20, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- With several major law firms announcing attorney layoffs in October, associates and partners alike are probably questioning their own job security. And now, with Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP's announcement on Monday that it is closing its Charlotte, N.C., operations, should lawyers worry that their firms will follow suit and shut down entire offices?

It could happen, according to industry insiders. The current financial crunch could well push firms to rethink their presence in geographic markets that are not busy, that are out of alignment with the...
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