My take is that we will continue to see “right-sizing” throughout the year. Many of these decisions will be necessary to the health and future of a firm, others will be made to preserve the Profits Per Equity Partner (PPEP). Time will tell, especially in May when the new AmLaw 100 ranks are released.
In a statement, Blank Rome said the cuts were necessary to adjust the firm’s attorney and staff headcounts to be in line with the current and anticipated needs of its clients.
“These are purely economic decisions — this is a group of talented attorneys and staff who have made valuable contributions to our firm,” the statement continued. “We have not taken these decisions lightly, and while Blank Rome remains in strong financial condition having concluded a satisfactory year in 2008, we are not immune to the global economic downturn. Like any other business, we must assess and respond to the economic realities and the plain fact that we are in the midst of a recession, and that is what we have done.”
I will complete my 5-part “Marketing Me” series this week with “My 4-point 2.0 Plan” and “Why it’s all worth it.” In the meantime, here are quick links to “With a plan and a purpose,” “Career v. Job,” and “When do you find the time.”