White & Case Announce Cuts in US and UK Networks
The New York-based international firm has plans to reduce non-legal and legal staff by approximately 3%, resulting in the layoffs of at least 70 associates in the US alone. The exact amount of cuts in the London office is still unclear, though 2% of the staff there has been provisionally notified that their jobs are at risk.
Hugh Verrier, the chairman of White & Case, said in a statement that the reductions are ''a necessary step to adjust to the global economic downturn and to ensure a strong, long-term future for the firm.'' The firm added that the layoffs are driven mainly by a decline in attrition rates.
One third of associates laid off from Chicago Construction Law Firm
Small Chicago-based construction law firm Stein, Ray & Harris laid off four of its 14 associates this month after construction litigation did not increase as much as the firm expected. Earlier this year the firm hired seven associates after predicting a rise in construction litigation from the economic downturn. The contractors, architects and developers that comprise the client base have approached litigation more tentatively due to their varied financial troubles.
Prominent Husband-and-Wife Duo leaving Sutherland's Atlanta Office
Friday was John A. Chandler's last day at Atlanta firm Sutherland where he has spent all of his 36-year career focusing on professional liability defense, securities and class-action matters. His wife, Elizabeth V. Tanis, headed the firm's professional liability practice and specialized in representing large accounting firms. Both were longtime leaders at Sutherland and the Atlanta law community, serving in the Atlanta Bar Association.
Chandler plans to continue representing Guantanamo Bay detainees, a pro bono effort for which he has frequently recognized by Emory Law School and other organizations. Tanis has accepted a partnership at King & Spalding, where she plans to expand the geographic reach of her practice, particularly on high-exposure accountant liability matters.