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Negotiating Law Firm Layoffs: the Series and Its Links

by Victoria Pynchon
March 2009

From Settle It Now Negotiation Blog

Victoria Pynchon

I do have ONE more post on the "negotiated" resolution of law firm layoffs, using "negotiation" in its broadest sense as in this definition at the online American Heritage Dictionary online.

INTRANSITIVE VERB: To confer with another or others in order to come to terms or reach an agreement: “It is difficult to negotiate where neither will trust” (Samuel Johnson).
TRANSITIVE VERB: 1. To arrange or settle by discussion and mutual agreement: negotiate a contract. 2a. To transfer title to or ownership of (a promissory note, for example) to another party by delivery or by delivery and endorsement in return for value received. b. To sell or discount (assets or securities, for example). 3a. To succeed in going over or coping with: negotiate a sharp curve. b. To succeed in accomplishing or managing: negotiate a difficult musical passage.

Latin negtir, negtit-, to transact business, from negtium, business : neg-, not; see ne in Appendix I + tium, leisure.



First, a directory to the series on this blog:

Negotiating Unemployment:  Hope for Laid Off Lawyers

Negotiating Law Firm Layoffs:  the Two Professions

Negotiating Law Firm Layoffs:  You Can't Save Your Face and Your Ass at the Same Time

Negotiating Law Firm Layoffs:  Property, Power and Prestige

Negotiating Law Firm Layoffs:  My Part in It

Negotiating Law Firm Layoffs:  Crash and Recovery

Negotiating Law Firm Layoffs:  Good Fortune and Bad

Negotiating Law Firm Layoffs:  the Narrative of Mediation

Negotiating Law Firm Layoffs:  Wisdom from the Trenches

This series has been picked up by the following notable online publications:

Legal Blog Watch by Bob Ambrogi (thanks again Bob) Layoff Lessons from One Who's Been There

Laid Off?  Might Be Time to Fly Solo at the AmLaw Daily

Helpful Links

(coming soon)


Attorney-mediator Victoria Pynchon is a panelist with ADR Services, Inc. Ms. Pynchon was awarded her LL.M Degree in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute in May of 2006, after 25 years of complex commercial litigation practice, with sub-specialties in intellectual property, securities fraud, antitrust, insurance coverage, consumer class actions and all types of business torts and contract disputes.  During her two years of full-time neutral practice, she has co-mediated both mandatory and voluntary settlement conferences with Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Alexander Williams, III and Victoria Chaney.  As a result of her work with Judge Chaney in the Complex Court at Central Civil West, Ms. Pynchon has gained significant experience mediating construction defect litigation.  Ms. Pynchon received her J.D., Order of the Coif, from the U.C. Davis School of Law. 

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