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Business of Law

  • March 27, 2009

    Skadden, Gibson Dunn, Frost Brown Lay Off Staffers

    The spate of law firm layoffs continued Friday, with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Frost Brown Todd LLC all announcing significant staff reductions.

  • March 26, 2009

    Lawyer Layoffs Reported At 3 Firms

    Three more law firms will be adding to their pink slip piles as Dechert LLP, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP and Clifford Chance LLP all announced additional layoffs Thursday, racking up a total of 209 jobs cut, including those of 112 attorneys.

  • March 26, 2009

    Fox Rothschild Snaps Up Pastore Osterberg

    Fox Rothschild LLP plans to join forces with Pastore Osterberg LLC — which was formed from attorneys previously associated with now-defunct Dreier LLP — in a move that will add a 15th office to the Philadelphia-based firm's national platform.

  • March 26, 2009

    Lawyers Still Positive About Staff Growth: Survey

    Despite near-daily reports of legal industry layoffs, nine in 10 lawyers believe their organizations will either add personnel over the next 12 months or experience no change in staffing levels, according to a survey released Thursday.

  • April 24, 2009

    SCOTUSblog Keeps Eagle Eye On High Court

    In the nearly seven years since it was launched, SCOTUSblog has grown from a side project by two attorneys into the pre-eminent resource for information about the Supreme Court — a far greater undertaking than they initially expected.

  • March 24, 2009

    Votes Cast For Clifford Chance Partnership Shake-Up

    After days of casting ballots, the partners at Clifford Chance LLP have voted to review the partnership structure, a move that is likely to result in cutbacks at the Magic Circle firm.

  • March 24, 2009

    Saul Ewing Lays Off 7 Lawyers, 7 Staff

    Saul Ewing LLP has laid off seven associates and seven staff employees, its second round of layoffs in the face of a deepening recession.

  • March 23, 2009

    DLA Piper Plans To Cut Most US Partners' Pay In '09

    DLA Piper has said most of its partners in the U.S. will be looking at a pay cut in 2009, which the firm expects to be a down year. The revelation comes less than two weeks after it was reported that Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP had cut compensation for 66 of its partners.

  • March 23, 2009

    WolfBlock Votes To Liquidate Amid Economic Crisis

    After suffering an irreparable blow from the recession, especially in the firm’s core real estate practice, WolfBlock LLP has announced it will liquidate, adding to the growing number of attorneys who will find themselves out of work as firms continue to whittle down struggling practice areas.

  • March 23, 2009

    McGuireWoods To Grow Globally With GMR Merger

    McGuireWoods LLP has announced plans to merge with London-based international law firm Grundberg Mocatta Rakison LLP, broadly expanding its international capabilities in Europe and Russia.

  • March 25, 2009

    Social Networking Spurs Firms To Log On Or Lose Out

    With many law firms pushing attorneys to take advantage of social networking sites’ potential to increase business contacts, legal industry experts say that firms that don't log on might be left in the dust.

  • March 20, 2009

    Mayer May Cut 55; Troutman Warns Of Future Cuts

    The deepening recession claimed more victims in the legal industry on Friday, with Mayer Brown LLP revealing that it will lay off up to 55 employees in its London office, and Troutman Sanders LLP offering voluntary severance packages to its staff while warning of layoffs to come.

  • March 19, 2009

    Legal Layoffs Expand As Katten Axes 69, Jenner 34

    The job outlook in the legal industry continued to be murky Thursday, with layoffs at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP totaling 69 and Jenner & Block LLP letting go of 34 staffers.

  • March 20, 2009

    Partners Gulp As Clifford Chance Votes To Scale Back

    As Clifford Chance LLP holds a vote on cutting back on the size and shape of its partnership, other firms are likely to take stock of their own partnership structures as they continue to grapple with navigating through a seemingly endless economic storm, according to legal experts.

  • March 26, 2009

    Not All Attorneys Face Bleak Times

    Though every day seems to bring news of firm layoffs, attorneys in bankruptcy, white collar crime, executive compensation and a few other practice areas should stay busy, and some may even see a spike in work opportunities.

  • March 18, 2009

    Mandatory Sanctions Proposed For FRCP Violations

    Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that would require judges to impose sanctions for any lawsuit they deem frivolous, instead of leaving sanctions to the court's discretion.

  • March 17, 2009

    Judicial Conference Revises Ethics Rules For Judges

    The code of conduct for federal judges has been substantially revised for the first time since 1992 to clarify and define a number of ethical restrictions, including a duty for judges to keep political and financial influences out of their decisions.

  • March 17, 2009

    Obama Asks ABA To Evaluate Federal Judiciary Picks

    In a break from the policies of the previous administration, President Obama has asked the American Bar Association to resume its role in evaluating the qualifications of candidates for federal judiciary positions prior to their formal nominations.

  • March 18, 2009

    Cut Hours, Not Associates, To Save Cash: Report

    A California law center is pushing law firms to start reducing hours rather than continuing to engage in the massive layoffs that have marred the last year, arguing that cutting back on hours makes more sense economically than letting dozens of associates go.

  • April 2, 2009

    In Downturn, Windows Remain For Building Business

    While attorneys with a stable of clients may enjoy the highest degree of job security in these uncertain times, lawyers who haven't been savvy about building a book of business can still attract new clients, consultants say.