McKenna reportedly laying off lawyers after merger

October 1, 2012 Washington DC-based law firm McKenna Long & Aldridge has reportedly laid off up to 15 fee earners in the six months since its merger with San Diego firm Luce Forward. A source reported to the Daily Journal that McKenna has laid off four former Luce attorneys in the San Diego office and 15 attorneys total nationwide.

“People there are not happy about [the layoffs] because the merger happened with the agreement that they were going to take the whole firm,” said recruiter Larry Watanabe of Watanabe Nason LLC in San Diego. “Some of these people understood that unless they were able to get busier in a reasonable amount of time, it would be a possibility they’d be let go. But perhaps they thought they had a longer window.” He added that six months after a merger is “faster than normal” to be cutting employees.


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