Holland & Knight, one of only three law firms on this year’s Am Law 100 to report a drop in revenue, is laying off 70 legal secretaries firmwide in a cost-cutting move. The cuts announced Friday follow cutbacks by firms large and small nationally, including an indefinite 12 percent pay cut announced last week for all 128 attorneys at Fort Lauderdale-based Becker & Poliakoff.
In Miami, Holland & Knight is laying off four nonlawyers, according to firm spokeswoman Susan Bass in Tampa. She characterized the layoffs as a result of a review of the firm’s books. “It was just too many people,” she said. “We had some redundancies and inefficiencies.” Bass said the firm let go an average of four people in each of its 17 U.S. offices, or 5 percent of its support staff.
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