The large firm crisis

I was in Boston last week for the ABA midyear meeting, and the mood was grim. Conversation was centered on the economy, especially in light of the announcement that nearly 800 large firm employees were laid off on Thursday, a toll that climbed to over 1000 by the end of the day Friday, according to The National Law Journal.  Anecdotal reports suggest that some smaller firms are making similar layoffs, though they’re not getting the same press.

And what if you’re a laid-off lawyer?  I’ll write more about that in the next few days.  And I’d like to extend an invitation that I made to the readers of my newsletter Leadership Matters for Lawyers: I’m considering how I might add value specifically for you, perhaps through a monthly free teleclass or report with strategies that you can implement now to help you make your next move.

I’d like your feedback: what can I offer to help you find the next job, to make sense of what’s happening in the legal economy now, or otherwise?  I can’t promise anything, but I’ll read through every response and do my best to implement some of the best suggestions.  Please leave a comment below (anonymous, if you’d like) or send me an email to  I will hold all email responses confidential.