Eleanor Kerlow, a spokeswoman for Richmond, Va.-based Hunton & Williams, says firm management isn't going to provide the number of lawyers laid off in each of its offices (including its three Texas offices). But Kerlow confirms that nationwide Hunton has laid off 23 attorneys and 64 staff members due to the economy, as reported by The AmLaw Daily, a Texas Lawyer affiliate. It has been more than two years since Hunton hired lawyers from the now-defunct Dallas-based Jenkens & Gilchrist -- 93 lawyers from Dallas, one from Houston and five from Austin, as Texas Lawyer reported. Patrick Mitchell, managing partner of Hunton's Dallas office, declines comment. Kerlow e-mailed a statement from Hunton managing partner Wally Martinez regarding the layoffs: "Today, we reduced 23 associate and counsel positions and 64 staff positions in our U.S. offices. The reductions are spread among most of our teams and offices. We did not come to this very difficult decision lightly. We have, over the past many months, taken aggressive steps to manage our expenses with a principal goal being to avoid across the board layoffs. While the firm remains financially strong, the prolonged nature of this economic downturn, its depth, and its impact on the demand for legal services, has caused us to conclude that we must take this additional step in order to better align our capacity with present and anticipated client needs. The affected attorneys and staff are talented individuals who have made valuable contributions to the firm. We are dedicated to doing whatever we can to help them with their transition."
-- Miriam Rozen