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February 12, 2009 2:11 PM

Breaking: DLA Lays Off 80 Lawyers, 100 Staff

Posted by Zach Lowe

With more and more reports of layoffs coming in, it seems like today might go down as another memorably bad day in the legal industry. 

Now it's DLA Piper, which has confirmed to the National Law Journal's Leigh Jones that it has laid off 80 associates and 100 staff members based in the U.S. The cuts come just days after the 3,800 global giant axed 30 lawyers and 110 staff members in the U.K.

Most of the associates work in corporate finance and real estate. DLA's New York office took the biggest hit, with 16 associates out of jobs. Chicago was next (12 lawyers gone), and the West Coast also lost a high number of lawyers, says the NLJ, an Am Law Daily sibling publication. 

Francis Burch, Jr., the firm's global chair, called the layoffs "prudent business management" given the current economic environment. 

Some good news: the victims received a 12-week severance package and outplacement assistance.

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Congratulations to DLA Piper, the McDonald's of law firms ("1 billion torts served today"), for their "prudent business management" which really means destroying loyal employees' lives. Imagine if DLA hadn't increased their 2008 earnings, what they would have done. May as well repaint the walls in NY office red to go with the rest of the decor.

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