How they cope

One firm tries to find its way through the crisis.

, The National Law Journal

On a recent Monday, Nimish Patel walked into the offices of five of his associates to deliver the bad news: They were laid off. To ease the pain, he assured them that the decision wasn't based on poor performance, he said. But he had an added challenge: With 50 lawyers, Richardson & Patel feels more like a family, he said. On the day of the layoffs, four partners at the firm had just attended the wedding of an associate. Now, that associate, returning from his honeymoon, was one of the five let go. "It was the hardest thing I've ever done," said Patel.

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