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April 28, 2009 6:47 PM

Kilpatrick Stockton Lays Off 24 Lawyers

Posted by Brian Baxter

Kilpatrick Stockton announced late on Tuesday that it would let go of 24 associates and counsel across the firm's seven U.S. offices, reports sibling publication the Fulton County Daily Report.

"We have a strong commitment to our people, which makes these departures extremely difficult, especially in the current economic environment," said a statement by Kilpatrick comanaging partner Diane Prucino. "We all understand the importance that this action will have on each of these attorneys and their families."

The Daily Report states that each attorney will receive a severance package from the firm. According to financial data compiled by the Daily Report on Atlanta's largest firms, Kilpatrick had gross revenues of $276 million in 2008, a 4 percent increase over 2007. Average profits per partner also increased 7 percent to $703,152.

Evidently 2009 was not looking nearly as promising for the 450-lawyer firm.

"These actions are driven by the current economic downturn," said Prucino's statement. "[Layoffs] were structured to further the long-term success of the firm and to enhance the achievement of our strategic goals through more efficient use of personnel and realignment of our expense structure."

Last week Kilpatrick announced that first-year associates would be deferred until April 2010.

Fellow Atlanta firms King & Spalding, Alston & Bird, and Troutman Sanders have also announced layoffs within the past three months.

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