Mega-firm Reed Smith had a rough year in 2015, The American Lawyer reports–a year that perhaps led to the highly publicized 45-lawyer layoff in January 2016. According to their annual Am Law 100 report, gross revenue fell 2.5 percent, revenue per lawyer went down by 1.4 percent, and profits per partner declined an alarming 8.3 percent.
However, global managing partner Sandy Thomas called the results “solid,” and told press that the layoffs were simply an “efficiency measure,” although he also referred to the slumping commodities market, noting that “we are not immune,” (as quoted in The American Lawyer).
Schiff Hardin laid off seven current associates and retracted offers for four incoming associates yesterday, reports the ABA Journal. This comes after the widely publicized mass exodus of 22 partners in January, which included Schiff’s former managing partner.
Schiff isn’t the only big law firm that’s conducted massive layoffs this year. Reed Smith and Baker Donelson have also cut large numbers of attorneys and support staff in the recent months. In January, Reed Smith, the 19th highest-grossing law firm in the U.S. last year, laid off 45 attorneys and an unspecified number of staff, announced the Wall Street Journal.
Schiff Hardin managing partner Marci Eisenstein said in her statement that, despite the layoffs, the firm is “coming off a record year,” and are anticipating “another strong year in 2016,” (as reported by Above the Law).