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Miami-The law firm Holland & Knight has announced that it will lay off 41 attorneys and 45 staff as it closes nine offices and consolidates operations. After an analysis, the 1,224-lawyer firm decided that “to maintain its competitive position,” it would merge smaller offices with its hubs in Washington and Chicago, and in the Tampa, Fla., area. The firm’s attorneys and staff in Annapolis, Md., will relocate to the Washington office. A satellite office in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., will join the Chicago office. And smaller offices in St. Petersburg, Lakeland and Bradenton, Fla., will be combined with the Tampa office. The firm is also leaving locations in Providence, R.I.; Seattle; San Antonio; and Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. The lawyers in those offices have yet to determine if they will continue operating independently of Holland & Knight. A ‘one roof’ theory “We withdrew from certain marketplaces that really were not strategically aligned with our objectives, which is basically to be a national law firm but not necessarily with an office in every single market in the country,” said Peter Prieto, executive partner for the firm’s Miami office. “The key for us was that we are able to service all our clients nationwide with the existing offices that we have now. “We are consolidating our lawyers and staff under one roof as opposed to having them spread out,” added Prieto, noting that the satellite offices in the Tampa area are all within 45 minutes of the Tampa office. Spokeswoman Susan Bass said Holland is “focusing on markets where we already have established strengths-such as Florida, Washington, some of our larger areas-that will help us really be competitive.” Holland & Knight ranks 11th on The National Law Journal‘s 2005 survey of the nation’s 250 largest law firms. After rapidly expanding from 275 lawyers to 1,275 in 10 years, the firm laid off 60 lawyers and 170 staffers in 2002 to help reduce costs and boost profits per partner. In 2001, it reported $395,000 in profits per equity partner, placing it behind all but two other firms on the Am Law 100 list of top-grossing firms in the nation. The firm’s biggest offices are in Washington, Chicago, Boston and New York.

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