Rate Pressure Has Big Firms Rethinking L&E Approach

Law360, New York (July 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A proliferation of boutiques has helped ratchet up rate pressure on employment practices in large firms, leading some big firms to de-emphasize labor and employment, and some to gear their employment groups toward complex matters that aren't rate-sensitive, lawyers say.

According to Dennis Duffy, chair of the labor and employment practice at Baker Botts LLP, bringing in his firm to deal with a routine employment matter, like a single-plaintiff suit or an unemployment insurance spat, would be like “using a bazooka to kill a roach.”...
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