Drinker Biddle Cuts Lawyers As Focus Shifts To Merit

Law360, New York (October 30, 2009, 5:43 PM EDT) -- Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has reportedly laid off about 20 attorneys amid a transition from a year-based to a competency-based system of associate advancement.

Above the Law reported Friday that 22 associates were laid off by the law firm Thursday. John Byrne, a spokesman for Drinker Biddle, said the firm didn't comment on such matters.

The legal blog reported that associates in the firm's corporate and tax practice group areas in the Chicago and Philadelphia offices were targeted. Laid off associates were given a three-month...
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