In the nine years since Lynne Zagami graduated from Smith College, she has channeled her prodigious energy into a number of pursuits: aspiring singer and actor, personal trainer, marathon runner, law student and corporate lawyer. Now she’s found herself in another role: laid-off big-firm associate.

When a firmwide e-mail went out on the morning of Nov. 19 announcing that almost 10 percent of Brown Rudnick’s lawyers and staff were being let go, Zagami’s stomach began to knot. After joining the firm’s Boston office in February 2008 as a second-year corporate associate from Proskauer Rose, she had watched her work flow dry up. Zagami was also one of the corporate department’s most recent hires.

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