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E ighty-two associates at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison have taken the firm up on its offer of severance pay to leave their jobs.

Brobeck announced last month that it would pay associates in the business and technology group a lump sum equal to their base pay through April 15 if they left the firm. The so-called “separation incentive program” was open to associates who were on target to bill less than 1,300 hours by the end of the year. The deadline for applying for the package was Friday.

About 130 of the 265 associates in the business and technology group were eligible for the program, said firmwide managing partner Richard Parker. He said that a few more applications might go through after the deadline. The Palo Alto office was affected the most, with about 28 of approximately 100 business and technology associates in the office opting to leave the firm.

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