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Preparing for Downsizing: A Guide for Lawyers

Kimberly Lerman 04 / 21 / 21

Here's exactly what lawyers need to know before, during, and after downsizing.

When the signs of layoffs are everywhere, it's time to prepare.


Many organizations are facing hard decisions to remain viable during an economic downturn. One way they cut costs is by downsizing. As a result, many workers are  questioning their job security. It can be easy to feel helpless at this time - regardless of how hard you work and how much you contribute, you may have no control over whether or not you are retained by your employer during tough economic times. There are, however, many things you can do to help prepare for the worst.

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Preparing for Downsizing: A Career Guide for Lawyers covers the steps attorneys and legal practitioners should take as soon as you think downsizing or layoffs may be on the horizon for your company or firm.



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Take time to reflect on what you want to do next in your career - think about what you've liked, and consider exploring the possibility of doing different things. You may find that being "downsized" is a good thing in the end.

About the author

Kimberly Lerman
Kimberly Lerman

Kimberly Lerman is a Legility Talent Manager in Atlanta. She works primarily with attorneys, placing them in a variety of positions in corporate legal departments across numerous industries as well as at law firms. Prior to the start of her career in recruiting in 2015, Kimberly spent 15 years practicing law in Atlanta, and she was involved in hiring attorneys throughout that time. In her last legal role she served as Vice President & Associate General Counsel for a large company in Atlanta. In addition to seven years of in-house experience, Kimberly also worked as a litigation associate at local law firms, including several years at both King & Spalding and Eversheds Sutherland. Throughout her law firm tenure, Kimberly was involved with interviewing law students and lawyers at job fairs, on-campus interviews and onsite interviews. She also was a member of the Hiring Committee at Eversheds Sutherland from 2005 – 2007. Kimberly currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Duke Atlanta Women’s Forum, and is a Member of the Duke Law Atlanta Board.

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