Blaming a down economy, Wilson Sonsini axed 45 lawyers and 68 staff Monday. The 660-lawyer firm laid off associates and of counsel totalling 6.5 percent of its attorney work force. About 9 percent of the firm's staff was let go. The firm also said it would be freezing associate salaries for the upcoming year. Wilson lawyers said the mood was somber Monday. Wilson Sonsini is the third of the four biggest Silicon Valley firms to lay off lawyers, with only Fenwick & West avoiding the chopping block so far.
Wilson Sonsini Cuts 45 Lawyers, 68 Staff
January 27, 2009