Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is laying off 65 staff across its offices, according to firm spokeswoman Sheila Turner. The news was first reported by The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog.
Turner says the layoffs affected staff only in Akin Gump’s U.S. offices and did not include lawyers. She says she was not provided with the breakdown of the number of layoffs in each office and that she did not know how many staff were let go in Washington. Turner says the news was announced at the firm today.
Firm chairman R. Bruce McLean was not in the office and was not immediately available to comment on the matter.
Legal Times published this story in August about the changes underway at Akin Gump. In an effort to put more emphasis on what McLean calls “high-value” work, firm leadership spent the first part of 2008 engineering a series of changes to Akin Gump’s practice areas. Some partners were asked to switch the focus of their practices or leave the firm, and several did.