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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

More layoffs at another big national law firm

Above the Law and the WSJ Law Blog report that, in a nationwide layoff, 700-lawyer Sonnenschien Nath & Rosenthal has "separated" 37 lawyers and 87 others.

The separations were also spread across practice groups and offices. "Real estate and litigation were the practices most directly affected," firm chairman Elliot Portnoy told Above the Law. "They're two of the firm's largest practices, so numerically this is not surprising."

Sonnenschein does not have a Minneapolis office, although it does have a sizeable presence in Chicago.

I do like Mr. Portnoy's comment about the laid off individuals: "We will do everything we can to help the people we have separated, to give them as much support and compassion as we are able to provide."

So the question then becomes, how much compassion will the firm be "able to provide?"

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