After years of struggling with a pro bono image that partners say didn’t match reality — and a large number of disparate practice areas — Minami Tamaki will enter the new year significantly trimmer and much more focused on business litigation.

The San Francisco boutique is down to 14 lawyers, from 22 in 2004. Best known for its high-profile civil rights cases, Minami will now channel resources into complementary employment, civil and business litigation practice areas.