Cover Story: In Search of the Downturn's Laid-Off Associates Sara Randazzo, The American Lawyer February 27, 2014 | 2 Comments share share by mail share on linkedin Facebook share on twitter share on google+ Share With Email Send Thank you for sharing! Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided. print reprints Some are at smaller firms, and some left the law altogether: Stories of six of the recession's survivors. Sign up for a free digital membership and get great benefits like: Already Registered? Sign In now 5 free articles* every 30 days, from other ALM publications Exclusive discounts on ALM events and products American Lawyer digital newsletter, plus your choice of more than 30 digital newsletters Access on the device of your choice: smartphone, tablet, or desktop Unlimited free access to Corporate Counsel and Law Technology News online Create Account with LinkedIn Register Now *May exclude premium content VIEW COMMENTS ( 2 ) ADD COMMENT What's being said Sign In Terms & Conditions not available Mar 19, 2014 Many displaced associates and contract lawyers are finding they can hang their own shingle and go solo. A growing trend is to partner with other lawyers and create low overhead virtual firms.The future isn’t in “BigLaw”, that model is dead (yet the players don’t know it yet.) The virtual movement is still in its infancy but will likely grow as more big firms collapse and more quality lawyers are displaced.Brian MahanyMahany & Ertl - Milwaukeewww.mahanyertl.com/fbar-lawyer/ not available Feb 28, 2014 Nice to see there was a happy ending for everyone who was laid off. If you wanted to show a true representation of those laid off from big law, you should have spoken to at least some of those from Davis Polk, Latham , Cadwalader, etcetera who ended up as contract attorneys or in dead end jobs. Incredibly one-sided story. Comments are not moderated. To report offensive comments, click here. Preparing comment abuse report for Article# 1202643826603 Send Thank you! This article's comments will be reviewed.