Husch Blackwell Sanders has laid off 17 lawyers and 45 staff members.
Chairman Dave Fenley said that more than a third of the attorneys were concentrated in real estate and that the rest were business attorneys, including some litigators.
“We do this every year and most of the time we’re net up at the end of the year. We have 26 kids starting in the fall and we’re hiring laterals, so we’ll probably be a little bit bigger at the end of the year than at the first of the year. These things do go on,” Fenley said.
Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP is a litigation and business services law firm with 675 attorneys in offices in 13 cities. The firm is a combination of two of the region’s nationally recognized law firms, Husch & Eppenberger, LLC and Blackwell Sanders LLP, and most recently, Welsh & Katz, a well-respected Chicago intellectual property boutique.