But since then, K&L Gates has made a number of smaller staff cuts in a number of its offices, including Pittsburgh and Chicago.
The firm refused to comment on its latest reductions. But our sources report that around 20 staffers have been let go from the firm today and over the last couple of weeks. The cuts are coming in the departments you’d expect when a firm is trying to reduce costs. Mailroom staff, the floating secretarial pool, these are the people getting hit right now.
Tipsters also report that in Chicago at least, the recent cuts are Bell Boyd & Lloyd legacy staffers.
Still, it’s got to be particularly tough to survive the K&L Gates March cuts, only to be caught on the backswing now. Nobody is truly “safe” in this economy, but you’d like job security to be a little more than a month-to-month proposition.
Kilpatrick Stockton fires associates after the jump.
The Fulton County Daily Report, reports that Kilpatrick Stockton laid off 24 associates, yesterday:
“We have a strong commitment to our people, which makes these departures extremely difficult, especially in the current economic environment,” read a statement by Diane Prucino, the firm’s co-managing partner. “We all understand the impact that this action will have on each of these attorneys and their families.
She said each lawyer “will receive a competitive and generous severance package.”
Kilpatrick didn’t come up with a particularly generous deferral stipend when it pushed back incoming first year associates to April 2010, last week. Hopefully the severance for the people laid off outright will match the market.
Good luck to everybody laid off today.
Kilpatrick Stockton Lays Off 24 Lawyers [Law.com]