IP firm Townsend and Townsend and Crew laid off 45 staff and 16 lawyers Wednesday. The firm said it cut associates and a small number of counsel and non-equity partners, equal to 7 percent of the firm's attorneys. The majority of the layoffs came in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the 222-lawyer firm is based, but all seven domestic offices were affected. Chairman James Gilliland said the 149-year-old firm hadn't done layoffs before. "This is the first time, and it hurts like hell."
Townsend Cuts Attorneys, Staffers
April 9, 2009