Ed. note: Welcome to our daily feature, Quote of the Day.
I would not be surprised to see more announcements of that sort.
— Owen Burman, managing director of the Wells Fargo legal specialty group, in comments given to Bloomberg Law on the likelihood of more associate layoffs happening this year, thanks to historically low billable rates. The latest Wells Fargo report notes that in the first quarter, lawyers at some of the largest U.S. law firms billed at an annual pace of less than 1,600 hours, which is the lowest figure has been in about 15 years. According to Burman, an annual billable rate that low is “not something firms have historically accommodated.”
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