60 Attorneys, 89 Staff Cut At McDermott

Law360, New York (February 3, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- January saw about 20 top firms lay off lawyers and other employees, and February has gotten off to an equally grim start with Tuesday's announcement that McDermott Will & Emery is cutting 60 attorneys and 89 staff members.

In a firmwide memo, Chairman Harvey W. Freishtat said a slowdown in the business of clients had caused a reduction in the firm's work, especially in transactions. The attorneys and staff members being laid off were notified beginning on Tuesday.

“This decision was tremendously difficult given the high...
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