How do firms lay off lawyers? Very carefully.

, The National Law Journal

Laid-off workers in any industry are bound to be distressed, bitter and potentially litigious after a job loss. But law firms have a few added reasons to proceed with caution when they part ways with attorneys and legal staffers. For one thing, law firms generally have far less experience than their corporate counterparts when it comes to showing the door to a sizable group of people. At the same time, attorneys are more familiar with their rights than the average laid-off worker, and they have shown an increasing willingness during the past decade to sue their former firms.

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