Home

Layoffs for Legal Staff Begin at Fish & Richardson
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

On Thursday, Fish & Richardson said that it was laying off 14 staff members. In a publicly issued statement, the law firm said, “While our caseload continues to grow, client demands for more cost efficiency meant that we needed fewer support personnel for cases than we did in the past.” The 14 staff being laid off includes paralegals and litigation support staff positions.

The announcement by Fish & Richardson is the latest in a string of layoffs occurring at national law firms, which are trying desperately to survive the Great Recovery, restructure, and align business methods to more realistic models. Recently, such job cuts have also been announced by Minneapolis-based Dorsey & Whitney, as well as by Houston-based Fulbright & Jaworski.

While Fish & Richardson, whose job cuts came into effect from Tuesday, opined that the cuts were necessitated by clients having “smaller budgets for outside legal services,” Kent Zimmerman, a Chicago-based consultant told Reuters, “Nationally there is a trend towards thinning out underperformance.”

  
What
Where


When Dorsey made its announcement of job cuts last week, it however, did not attribute the job cuts to clients having “smaller budgets” but to improvements of technology leading to the elimination of 20 support staff positions. In their official statement, Dorsey had said, “We can deliver the same high level of client service and responsiveness with fewer staff than was the case just a few years ago.”

Last month, Above the Law posted an email memo on Fulbright & Jaworski’s voluntary severance plan sent by the firm’s executive director James Dixon that stated the firm was seeking to “lower our overhead-cost profile.” The voluntary severance program targeted staff members like secretaries and receptionists. Dixon asserted in the email, “These steps will help to strengthen our firm and enhance our competitive position.”

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!






 

RELEVANT JOBS

Principal, Board Governance Advisor

USA-CA-Newport Beach

 The Principal, Board Governance Advisor is responsible for supporting the Board of Directors o...

Apply now

Attorney

USA-CA-Los Angeles

LA based law firm with multinational practice seeks a Patent Prosecution / IP attorney. 2+ years of ...

Apply now

Paralegal / Legal Assistant I (USAO)

USA-VA-Alexandria

Duties and Responsibilities • provide a variety of direct legal support assistance to the C...

Apply now

Associate Attorney

USA-LA-New Orleans

Greenbaum Breuer and Associates is a high-volume New Orleans, LA based firm that practices exclusive...

Apply now

BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Associate Attorney

USA-OR-Portland

Portland office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks an associate attorney with 1 year...

Apply Now

Real Estate And Commercial Litigation Attorney

USA-FL-Vero Beach

Vero Beach office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks a real estate and commercial li...

Apply Now

Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-CA-San Diego

San Diego office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks a litigation associate attorney ...

Apply Now

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top