Friday, April 3, 2009

Will Litigate for Food. New Robinson & Cole Chief Brings Job Cuts

Layoffs at Robinson & Cole There is a new sheriff in town at Robinson & Cole. Attorney John B. Lynch a 24 year veteran of the legal profession, has signed on to become the firm's new managing partner. Lynch received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. In the firm's press release discussing the hire, they boast that the firm has over 250 attorneys and 250 professional staff in eight offices. They might want to change the "over" in the description to"about". First order of business for the new head cheese...putting his B.A. in economics and accounting from Holy Cross to use. The firm announced it was dumping 11 counsel and associate attorneys, and 19 support staff. Didn't they just hire 30 attorneys in November from San Francisco's Thelen (after the firm dissolved) and three associates from Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP in September (after they closed their Hartford office)? I hear the mood at R&C is glum but hopeful about forthcoming "prudent expense reductions." (update 4/15/09: those prudent expense reductions turned out to be $10000 paycut out of associate and counsel paychecks) No one likes to see a colleague fired, unless its the guy who keeps taking your stapler and feels the need to tell you how he voted in American Idol. Still, it looks like R&C is fairing better than other white shoe firms. " Frankly, the restructuring should bode well for Robinson & Cole. And, if you are an incoming first year associate or a law student looking for a summer position, don't worry. The firm plans to maintain its summer associate and incoming fall associate programs for 2009. Its not all doom and gloom for law firms. The Kansas law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King has brought in more than $70,000 in legal fees in the past two months to help the University of Connecticut investigate possible men's basketball recruiting violations. I understand that they have already been paid $182,000 from earlier expenses. UCONN has a relationship with the Kansas law firm going back to the 90s.

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