California law firm Downey Brand lays off 17 staff

April 15, 2014 California based law firm Downey Brand has made 17 members of staff redundant, trimming the ranks to adjust for the departure of 23 lawyers this year.

The layoff group “includes no lawyers because we remain very busy with legal work,” said managing partner Scott Shapiro. “We did this very difficult cut because we have more staff than we need due to attorney departures.”

The firm website currently lists a headcount of 99 lawyers, down from 120 in June of last year.

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