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Whiteford cuts hours for some staffers

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston has cut multiple full-time administrative employees to part-time because the firm wants to be financially “prudent,” managing partner Al Mezzanotte said Wednesday.

He declined to specify how many positions or which ones were downgraded.

“There aren’t that many, and some of the positions just over time have really lessened in terms of dimension and scope and we’re being sensitive to what’s going on in the external environment, as everyone is, and just trying to be prudent about our overhead and our obligations,” he said. Mezzanotte said he’s not expecting future staff changes.

With what I see right now, I don’t envision any reduction in staff or any other change here, but we know dramatic things have happened in our economy…,” he said. “Assuming things continue as they have been going, then I wouldn’t anticipate [more changes].”

Whiteford is far from the only firm making tough decisions about administrative staff. As I blogged about the other day, Ballard Spahr and Saul Ewing both have laid off staff. Stay tuned for further news on this topic, and by all means, drop me a note if you’ve got anything to report.

CARYN TAMBER, Legal Affairs Writer