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Impressive, that is, until today: On the eve of Friday the 13th (Above the Law?s Elie Mystal first noted the black cat/sidewalk crack/leaning ladder/layoff connection here), nine firms have reportedly laid off 800-plus legal staff thus far today. As reported on ATL, Holland & Knight is apparently conducting mass layoffs—with "mass" meaning somewhere around 240 employees—and DLA Piper has issued walking papers to 80 associates and 100 support staff (this coming two days after the firm "made redundant" 140 people in the U.K.).UPDATE: With Holland & Knight's early-evening confirmation that it had laid off 243 employees—70 attorneys among them—multiple outlets are now pegging the industry-wide number of cuts yesterday at around 800. Safe to say that this appears to be the largest single-day bloodletting since BigLaw became BigLaw.
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