Leaner Support Staff The New Normal For BigLaw

By Erin Coe (May 13, 2014, 10:07 PM EDT) -- Dozens of major law firms have shrunk their support staff to save on costs in the last year, and experts say they expect firms to keep decreasing staff headcount over the long term by hiring more versatile workers who can take on multiple roles and by relying on temporary workers for skilled tasks such as tech support and project management.

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP confirmed Tuesday that it has offered buyout deals to a group of senior secretaries — a move that follows announcements of staff layoffs or buyout packages by scores of other firms, including Snell & Wilmer LLP,...

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