Goodwin Procter to Close San Diego Office, Fire Staff
By Elizabeth Amon - Jun 28, 2013 8:43 AM ET
Goodwin Procter LLP is closing its San Diego office at the end of the law firm’s fiscal year, leaving about two-thirds of the 34 lawyers and staff without a job on Sept. 30.
Four partners, six other lawyers and 12 staff members will be let go, Lee Feldman, a firm spokesman, said today in an e-mail. The remainder will be offered opportunities to relocate or pursue other work arrangements. The office has six partners, 12 associates and 16 staff members, according to a memo by Chairman Regina M. Pisa and managing partner Robert S. Insolia.
“When we opened the office in March 2007, we envisioned that the San Diego office would be a significant source of corporate transactional work, particularly in the life sciences and biotech areas,” Pisa and Insolia said in the memo. “While this was the case initially, and while these practices have continued to grow nationally at the firm, we haven’t been able to realize our initial vision.”
The Boston-based firm plans to build its life sciences and biotechnology practice in California through its three other offices in the state — in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, according to the memo.
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