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Unexpected optimism

In a fit of optimism unsupported by the gloomy economy but bolstered by Hunter & Nantz’s growing business, the Kansas City plaintiffs’ firm is expanding its offices. When Hunter & Nantz renewed its lease at Rivergate Business Center downtown, the ...

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Plastic problems

When family and criminal law attorney Lisa Sims recently heard on the news that some credit card interest rates were being raised, she checked to make sure her rates were the same. They were still at an average of about ...

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‘Last resort’

The unprecedented layoffs at Bryan Cave last week followed a string of increasingly aggressive cost-cutting measures aimed at avoiding exactly such job reductions. But they apparently weren’t enough. Citing a deteriorating economy, Bryan Cave announced the layoffs of 58 attorneys ...

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Bryan Cave lays off 58 attorneys, 76 staff, freezes salaries

Citing a deteriorating economy, Bryan Cave is laying off 58 attorneys and 76 staff members firmwide and freezing salaries for 2009. The steps followed efforts throughout 2008 to slash expenses in an attempt to avoid layoffs. "Over the course of the past year, we implemented a number of measures to reduce our costs," Chairman Don Lents said in an e-mail sent firmwide Thursday. "Unfortunately, the economy has continued to deteriorate, and we have concluded that further steps are necessary to adapt to this business climate."

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In the News

â–  Jeff Berman, former campaign aide to President Barack Obama, joined Bryan Cave’s new 25-member public policy and governmental affairs practice in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Berman was the national delegate director for the Obama campaign and came up ...

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