Duane Morris, Arent Fox Layoffs Hit Staff But Spare Attys

Law360, New York (September 12, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT) -- Legal assistants and other staff bore the brunt of recent layoffs at Duane Morris LLP and Arent Fox LLP, the firms confirmed Thursday, while attorneys appear to have dodged the latest legal industry ax.

Duane Morris said an influx of lateral partners who brought in their own staff helped create an overabundance of legal assistants. All together, 17 legal secretaries were informed last Friday they would be out of work.

“Our numbers had gotten out of alignment due to our hiring of lateral attorneys — some...
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