Biglaw Firm Lays Off 10% Of Its Workforce, May Defer Incoming Associates


947451Hot on the heels of stealth layoffs at Kirkland, earlier this afternoon, we wondered when the next round of layoffs would occur. As it turns out, it’s happening today.

Silicon Valley powerhouse Gunderson Dettmer is conducting a reduction in force that will affect about 10% of its workforce, including attorneys, paralegals, and other staff members across its U.S. offices. The firm has also notified its incoming associates that their start dates may be deferred. In addition, we’ve heard that the firm has reportedly cut some of its first-year associates (outside of those who failed the bar exam or had visa issues).

This is Gunderson’s second round of layoffs in six months. The firm also deferred its last round of incoming associates back in the fall of 2022.

According to a memo (available on the next page) sent by David T. Young, the firm’s managing partner, those affected by the layoffs will receive severance payments as well as out-placement support.

We have reached out to the firm for comment, and will provide an update here if and when we hear back.

Best of luck to those being let go from Gunderson.

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Kirkland & Ellis Lays Off Associates Across US Offices [Bloomberg Law]

Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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