Thursday, February 19, 2009

Layoffs Hit Connecticut Law Firms

The bloodshed hit close to (my) home Thursday, as two of Connecticut's largest firm announced layoffs. Day Pitney laid off 66 staff members, 31 of whom are in Connecticut. Hartford-based Updike, Kelly & Spellacy has laid off three secretaries and two first-year associates in the Hartford office.

Boston firms, including Choate Hall & Stewart, McDermott Will & Emery, Fish & Richardson, Cooley Godward Kronish, and Foley Hoag have already made their staff and lawyer cuts -- for now.

(Source: Law.com)

Meanwhile, at the Central Connecticut Paralegal Association luncheon Thursday afternoon, the economic storm cloud could be felt over the heads of attendees, despite the delectable chocolate cake. Several paralegals I spoke with worked at firms that had already laid off employees; others had stories of paralegals with 18+ years at a firm being laid off; still others were happy just to still be employed.

Incisive Media's Layoff List

Think you might be next? Read the Top Five Ways to Prepare for Layoffs.

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