Husch Blackwell cuts about 40 lawyers through layoffs and retirements

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Husch Blackwell says it is cutting about 40 partners and of counsel from its ranks through retirements and “year-end transitions.”

The percentage of lawyers leaving the firm is around 4 percent, report the American Lawyer (sub. req.) and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“Given our firm’s size and scale, these attorney transitions are expected and normal,” the firm said in a statement.

Husch Blackwell said it continuously evaluates “whether the firm’s services match trending market demands and client need, and the firm periodically increases and decreases capacity across practices as needs dictate.”

Such departures are partly offset by new attorney hires throughout the year, the firm said. Husch Blackwell had a net increase of 12 lawyers for the 12-month period ending Oct. 30.

Husch Blackwell jumped to No. 96 in the American Lawyer rankings as a result of increased income due to a merger last year.

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