Skip to comments.Holland and Knight cuts jobs (Bill McBride firm)
Posted on 04/30/2002 11:06:52 PM PDT by ConservativeLawyer
Holland and Knight cuts jobs
By Mark Silva
Sentinel Staff Writer
May 1, 2002
TALLAHASSEE -- In unprecedented belt-tightening at Holland and Knight, Florida's largest law firm and a national power after a decade of aggressive growth laid off 60 attorneys and more than 150 support staffers Tuesday.
Most of the reduction in attorneys came outside Florida, where most of Holland and Knight's 1,250 lawyers are stationed. The cuts involved 25 attorneys in Florida throughout the firm's 11 state offices, including offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa, managing partner Robert Feagin said.
All told, the reductions involve fewer than 5 percent of the firm's attorneys nationwide -- affecting established partners more than newer associates -- plus 10 percent of the firm's support staff of about 1,750. Yet they represent a dramatic turnabout for a firm that quadrupled in size since the early 1990s, the first systematic reduction in force Feagin has seen in 38 years at Holland and Knight.
"We are planning for the future," Feagin said Tuesday, calling the streamlining a reflection of a constricted economy since Sept. 11. "We are not changing the culture of the firm. We are not changing our core values. We think we are putting ourselves in a position for future success."
The cutbacks follow a decade of bold expansion led by Bill McBride, the former managing partner of Holland and Knight who resigned last summer to run for governor. The firm employed just 277 when McBride took charge in 1992.
Some within the firm have complained that McBride, campaigning on his prowess as a businessman, overextended the firm financially with his global reach. Holland and Knight, which started modestly in the phosphate-mining country of Central Florida, has lawyers in South America, Japan and Israel.
"Two lawyers, you've got three opinions," says McBride, refraining from commenting on the firm's practices in today's economy but standing by his own era of expansion. "You have different circumstances."
Feagin, who succeeded McBride last year, says the layoffs are not a reflection on McBride's tenure and disputes the notion that the firm had overreached.
"I don't think it reflects at all" on McBride's management, Feagin said. "I am the manager of the firm that has devised this plan. This comes under my watch and is a result of circumstances that occurred under my watch."
In gross revenue, the firm was ranked 27th nationwide last year by The American Lawyer magazine. But in revenue divided among each lawyer in the firm, it ranked 93rd in 2000 -- $390,000 per attorney. Holland and Knight long has prided itself on the practice of public law as well as pro bono work for the needy.
Mark Silva can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-420-5034.
Copyright © 2002, Orlando Sentinel
I'm sure he would run the state differently if he became governor.< /sarcasm>
Further, I am on his email supporter list and his campaign cannot even afford essentials like desks, phones and need a receptionist. So, he is reaching out to his supporters practically for charity.
I swear when I've seen McB on tv, he just doesn't look like he's all there. Blank Hillary-like stares and now he has a right black eye from little league. This guy should NOT EVEN BE ALLOWED TO VISIT TALLAHASSEE. It escapes me how he even passed the bar exam he's so clueless.
If the St. Pete Times today does a piece on this, I'll post here anything additional that Mark Silva did not cover. Or, before I have time to do that, FOLKS, VISIT ST. PETERSBURG TIMES ON LINE and see if anything is on line re: H & K. Do a google to get the url to get there. THANKS, CONSERVATIVE LAWYER FROM A CONSERVATIVE PARALEGAL.
I bet some of their clients are broke so they can't afford to employ H & K. Less billable hours all around. The party's over at H & K.
Thanks, nonetheless. ;o)
Have a good evening.
I wanted to add McBride's poor mouth email to your H & K thread. Don't you think H & K has a spare desk now that they could loan McBride for his campaign, unless they are really ticked at him for his hands on pacman style mergerization that decimated the firm?
The McBride Team is still looking for a few things for our new Headquarters. really are ticked at him? Here it is:
We are in need of desks, chairs, a TV, a VCR, and single-line phones (not portable). If you are able to donate any of these materials to the campaign please contact XXXXXXXX (redacted by FV).
The McBride Team is also looking for a few volunteers who can commit to a particular amount of hours of every week, who would like to help us in the office with answering the phones and acting as a receptionist. If you know of any interested parties please contact xxxxxxxxxxxxx (redacted by FV).
Thanks for your support!! McBride Campaign
...And his great, big law firm which has gobbled up almost every small law firm in the counrty, and is pleased to have federal judges and current elected politicians among their "former" employees.
H&K management should remember that excessive top-heaviness is what caused the Soviet Union to collapse as well.
There are still the same number of lawyers, they are just now on their own or at another firm. What it says is that good lawyers do not always make good business people. The firms that are run from a good business management standpoint do well.
Florida: McLawyer firm layoff PING ) ) ) !!
"SUPERSIZE me, Ronald, I CAN HANDLE IT."
Jeb's re-election will be sweet but it's gonna be a long, hot summer with the dems going after him and Katherine Harris for Congress no holds barred.
McBride Update May 1, 2002 Bill McBride has concluded another successful week in his campaign to serve as Florida's governor. Attention is focusing on his education plans as an alternative to the Bush claims of significant progress on improving our public schools.
Press coverage of the Bush campaign television ads, which began Monday, expressed skepticism. Check out the following stories debunking the Bush education hype on spending and test score improvements:
Bush TV ads focus on education: TV Ads Tout Bush Education Plan: Bush ads provoke controversy: > > McBride's education priorities take lead in governor's race: http://www.sptimes.com/2002/04/21/Columns/McBride_s_education_p.shtml > 4-year-olds plus preschool minus politics equal big payoff: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/orl-edpsilva21042102apr21.story
The following link will show how education is top priority nationally, as well as a funding priority: http://www.edweek.org/ew/newstory.cfm?slug=32PEN.h21
Stories of Interest When you see Bill in the next couple of weeks, you> '> ll notice a difference in his appearance. Click the following link for more. McBride Takes One for His Son's Team: http://www.sptimes.com/2002/04/30/TampaBay/McBride_takes_one_for.shtml>
Class-Size Reduction Check out Bill> '> s statement on class size www.mcbride2002.com/press_room_40.html
Bill's Campaign Stops During the past week, Bill campaigned in Bradenton, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, Naples, Palm Beach County, Fort Lauderdale, Miami-Dade County, and Pasco County.
*** Well, I guess the crisis of needing a desk has been averted. Now back to nothing emails to his supporters. How can this possibly energize his people? They are so dull - the tag McBoring even fits his emails. YAWN... Sorry about all the symbols. This was too dull to proofread. LOL
Three debate dates for Jeb and his opponent are on my Jeb BushPhoto Pit Stop September Edition. Check out the dates on the top after the race photo. TIM RUSSERT moderating the final debate. Should be good entertainment.
In today's supporter email, they had taken a picture of McLawyer in a classroom. I've never seen a picture that was as airbrushed as this one was. The airbrushed his hair, his face/head and his entire body. He has to convince his email supporters that he's skinny and has brown hair? What's up with that?
SUPPORT STAFF WAS HIT THE HARDEST AT MCBRIDE'S LAW FIRM. MISMANAGEMENT HIT WORKING PEOPLE. Jeb attack ad was just on. Have fun at the polls tomorrow...