US firms cut 800 jobs in one day; DLA lays off 80
Almost 800 associates and legal staff were laid off across the US on Thursday (12 February) after eight firms carried out mass job cuts, citing an unprecedented downturn in demand. DLA Piper cut 80 associates, equating to 5% of its US-based lawyers. Aside from 28 associates in New York and Chicago, the reductions are primarily on the West Coast, chairman Francis Burch told Legal Week sister title The National Law Journal. A DLA Piper spokesman declined to say how many lawyers were laid off in California. DLA also let go of 100 staff members across the firm's 26 US offices. Before the cuts, DLA Piper had about 1,500 lawyers in the US and 3,800 lawyers worldwide.
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