Layoff Tracker – Top 10 Lists




 

This page dynamically reports layoffs the major law firms that have achieved a number of ignominious accompishments in layoffs since January, 2008, when Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft was the first major New York firm to begin laying people off in anticipation of the collapse of the structured finance and real-estate practices.

The Law Firm Layoff Tracker main page includes several other charts that filter this information or present the data in different ways, as well as detailed information on the current and prior month and links to other available resources.

The Top 10 lists on this page break out into two major types: the firms that have laid off the most people (total, attorneys only, or staff only), and the firms who persistently report discrete layoffs.

There is an ongoing debate about whether it’s better to be at a firm that does massive layoffs, perhaps cutting too deep, or at a firm where there is a steady stream of layoffs such that the anxiety is constant.

Not surprisingly, the firms that make these lists are among the largest firms in the world (more people to start with means more people to cut). Still, readers should be aware of the methodology we use for the tracker to understand our process.

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Law Shucks BigLaw Layoff Tracker – Top 10 Firms – Total Layoffs



The above chart ranks the ten law firms that have laid off the most people, counting both lawyers and staff together.




Law Shucks BigLaw Layoff Tracker – Top 10 Firms – Attorney Layoffs



The above chart ranks the ten law firms that have laid off the most lawyers. Per our methodology, lawyers include only associates, counsel, of counsel, partners, members, stockholders, shareholders, and the like.

Law Shucks BigLaw Layoff Tracker – Top 10 Firms – Staff Layoffs



The above chart ranks the ten law firms that have laid off the most staff. Per our methodology, staff includes contract, temp, and staff attorneys, as well as traditional staff roles such as paralegals, secretaries, administrative and technical support, and so on.

Law Shucks BigLaw Layoff Tracker – Top 10 Firms – Number of Rounds



Unlike the previous three, the above chart ranks the ten law firms that have had the most rounds of layoffs reported, which may or may not cause the firms to rank in the other top 10 lists, depending on the size of the rounds. Because law firms try to “get it over with” all at once, there tends to be a lot of clustering at the bottom, as all ties are included.




  • http://www.deadcompanyclub.com Laurie Phillips

    I used to work for a professional services firm where the partners took a 67% pay cut for a year so they didn’t have to eliminate non-equity partner or staff jobs. Has any law firm done something similar?

  • http://www.deadcompanyclub.com Laurie Phillips

    I used to work for a professional services firm where the partners took a 67% pay cut for a year so they didn’t have to eliminate non-equity partner or staff jobs. Has any law firm done something similar?

  • steve

    Yeah, right.

  • steve

    Yeah, right.

  • http://twitter.com/DarrenChaker Darren Chaker

    Darren Chaker
    I wish the stats you have would cover the lawoffs at government level.

  • Sucked Dry

    These graphs are useless. What about firms like…well…Ropes & Gray? They’ve used tactics the Vatican wouldn’t even consider.

    • Bethanny

      Like what?

      • Guest

        They actually just switched us to quarterly reviews to smooth out the stealthing. You can cut the firing process down to six months (one pretextual review, then three months later fired with three months to leave) instead of nine, and it’s not so obvious when everyone gets fired in the same day. Now it’s more like a constant stream of firings rather than spurts of it. Much easier for pretending you aren’t firing people.