Biglaw, Cellphones, Layoffs, Rudeness

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to New York
Pillsbury Admits Gaffe — and Looming Lawyer Layoffs

Acela Business Class Amtrak.jpgTime for a brief follow-up to our earlier post about Biglaw partner Robert Robbins, head of the corporate practice of Pillsbury Winthrop, and how he spoke — a little too loudly, on a crowded Acela train — about the firm’s planned layoffs. You may have already seen it in the comments, but in case it got lost in the shuffle, the firm has confirmed the gaffe (and the layoffs).

After getting its act together — the Pillsbury website was down for a while today, which some commenters attributed to web traffic resulting from the mini-scandal — the firm issued a statement to The Recorder (via Legal Pad):

It is an unfortunate fact in today’s economy that no business or law firm can rule out adjustments to their overall workforce levels. This includes Pillsbury, and, among other cost cutting measures, we will be implementing reductions to ensure that our resources are aligned with our business needs. We apologize for the unfortunate manner in which our deliberations about reductions have become public.

Robert Robbins Bob Robbins Pillsbury Winthrop.jpgWe reiterate our earlier advice: Pillsbury associates, start your engines laser printers, and crank out those résumés. It’s time to move on. Bob Robbins is coming for you.

We’ve collected selected links to coverage by other outlets — heck, it even made Gawker — of the “unfortunate” incident. Enjoy.

Update: And Instapundit, too.

Pillsbury Confirms Loudmouth’s Layoff Gaffe [Legal Pad / The Recorder]
Pillsbury Accidentally Announces Layoffs on Train [Am Law Daily]
Pillsbury Layoffs Leaked By Partner on Train [The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times]
Doughy Pillsbury Lawyer Demonstrates Why You Should Shut Up on Your Cell Phone [Gawker]
Message to Law Partners [Instapundit]

Earlier: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to New York (Or: Pillsbury associates, brace yourselves.)

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