Layoffs at Chicago law firm Seyfarth Shaw

One of Chicago’s largest law firms, Seyfarth Shaw, is getting smaller.

Seyfarth, which has more than 800 attorneys, is reportedly laying off 40 employees, including lawyers and staff. While Chicago remains the firm’s largest office, it also has locations in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. and international markets.

The firm would not confirm the scope or locations of the layoffs Wednesday, but it released a statement from Pete Miller, Seyfarth chairman and managing partner, addressing the downsizing decision.

“Amid a shifting market for legal services, we have an obligation to continue managing our business as effectively as possible, while being responsive to the needs of our clients and the market at large,” Miller said in the statement. “To meet these objectives, we have made the difficult yet necessary decision that some individuals, both lawyers and staff, will be leaving the firm.”

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