Lawyers learn to share as staff is cut

Streamlining operations means it's time to triple and quadruple up.

, The National Law Journal

It's a sure-fire sign that the tough economy is hitting home: Attorneys who used to share an assistant with one colleague now find themselves sharing with two or even three others. Tripling or quadrupling up on administrative help is just one way in which law firms are feeling staff cuts. In the past month alone, major law firms have laid off at least 300 staffers — spanning from secretaries and paralegals to marketing and technology support. But those who work with legal staff say firms should be careful not to cut staff too deeply.

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