Layoffs

744 ABA Journal Layoffs articles.

Company that promised to revolutionize legal services confirms layoffs of most of its legal staff
Atrium, a company that launched in 2017 with the promise of transforming the delivery of legal services, has laid off most of its legal staff in a restructuring.
LeClairRyan closing amid budget shortfalls, partner exits

LeClairRyan’s partners have voted to dissolve the law firm after a 31-year run.

The Richmond, Virginia-based firm announced its dissolution in a press release Thursday, report Bloomberg Law, the…

With November losses, legal services industry has 100 fewer jobs than a year ago

The legal services sector lost 2,400 jobs in November, eliminating job gains for the year.

The legal services sector had 1,135,700 jobs in November, down from 1,138,100 jobs in…

ABA reveals $1.3M theft by a now-former staff member on tax form
The American Bar Association has posted a tax form that reveals a onetime staff member diverted about $1.3 million from the ABA over a period of eight years.

The ABA became aware of the theft by a nonmanagerial staff member last September, according to Form 990 (see page 118) and an interview with ABA Executive Director Jack Rives.
Husch Blackwell cuts about 40 lawyers through layoffs and retirements

Husch Blackwell says it is cutting about 40 partners and of counsel from its ranks through retirements and “year-end transitions.”

The percentage of lawyers leaving the firm is around 4…

Legal sector gains 100 jobs in August after sharp downturn in July

The legal sector gained just 100 jobs in August, according to information from the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Legal Week (sub. req.) covered the findings, released last…

Legal sector loses 4,300 jobs in July to end streak of gains

A three-month streak of job gains in the legal sector ended has ended.

The sector lost 4,300 jobs in July, according to preliminary, seasonally adjusted information from the Labor…

Stoel Rives laying off 17 staffers; about half of law firm leaders report staff layoffs

Stoel Rives is laying off 17 administrative staffers as it changes its staffing model.

Its decision is by no means unusual, according to a survey (PDF) this year by…

Sedgwick confirms some staff layoffs after more partner departures

Sedgwick has laid off some staffers after at least eight partners left the firm to join other BigLaw rivals in the last few weeks.

The latest partner losses follow

Seyfarth reportedly lays off 40 lawyers and several staffers
Updtaed: Seyfarth Shaw has confirmed layoffs of lawyers and staff members, though the law firm didn’t specify how many were affected.

Sources say 40 lawyers and several staff members were laid off, according to Above the Law, which was first with the news, the Am Law Daily (sub. req.), Bloomberg Big Law Business and Crain’s Chicago Business.
Legal sector loses 1,500 jobs in March

Jobs in the legal sector have declined three months in a row, according to seasonally adjusted figures released on Friday by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According…

K&L Gates reportedly lays off several staffers

K&L Gates reportedly laid off a number of staffers at several of its offices earlier this month.

Unnamed sources told Above the Law that offices affected included Seattle, Chicago,…

Law firm says it’s downsizing because of ‘unfair allegations’ in barratry suit

A Texas insurance-coverage law firm is blaming a barratry class action for a decision to “significantly downsize.”

The law firm Speights & Worrich says it’s downsizing because of the “false…

DLA Piper to lay off 180 in the UK

DLA Piper will eliminate 180 jobs in the United Kingdom as it seeks to move more of its business support roles to its new Warsaw office.

In a Friday post…

Law firm market ‘stumbled’ in second quarter; rising headcount is partly to blame

The legal market was “blindsided” in the second quarter by slumping demand for legal services, along with rising expenses and falling productivity, according to a report by Thomson Reuters Peer…

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