South Florida law firms feel the real estate slump

Holland & Knight, Shutts & Bowen lay off nonattorney staffers.

, The National Law Journal

In another sign of the hard times facing the legal industry, particularly in real-estate heavy South Florida, two local law firms — Holland & Knight and Shutts & Bowen — have laid off non-lawyer staffers. On a day that could be dubbed Black Friday in legal circles, Tampa-based Holland & Knight, one of Florida's largest firms with 1,150 lawyers, laid off 70 staffers Friday, including legal secretaries, IT and accounting staff. No lawyers were laid off. Shutts & Bowen, a 200-lawyer firm based in Miami, laid off nine entry-level file clerks and paralegal clerks the same day. No lawyers or legal secretaries were affected.

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