The chopping block at Heller Ehrman is getting a lot of use. Last week, the firm axed 65 administrative staff throughout its U.S. offices to eliminate overlapping positions and costs.

The layoffs come as Heller management continues to warn partners that profits may be less than what the firm projected at the beginning of the year. And though leaders say the plan to get rid of some back-office positions has long been in the works, at least one Heller lawyer, who did not want to be identified, said that a lull this year “made it easier” for the firm to make the decision.