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11//02/12

NYC Law Firms Get Back to Work in Sandy's Wake Despite Power and Commute Issues



The major law firms in New York City are getting back to work along with the rest of the city in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Reuters has a report on the different issues that the BigLaw firms are facing as they struggle to get back to work. Firms in NYC like other businesses in the region are having to face both damage to their office spaces as well as employees who have been affected by Sandy.

New York Times and other major news sites are reporting long lines for gas in several major areas of NY and NJ. Police officers have been posted at several gas stations to prevent rioting and fights as tempers flare over gas shortages. Commutes have also been slowed down because of downed trees and debris on the roads. NY's subway system is back in limited service.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCoy, with its headquarters in lower Manhattan has closed its office there and has moved its attorneys to its midtown location as well as another office space that it has rented because of this emergency.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, has its office in lower Manhattan and its spokesman says that although the office was in working condition, most of the staff is working remotely.

Paul Weiss's managing partner Brad Karp said that his building's steam heat had been cut off to save power. Paul Weiss has offered its office space to its clients whose own offices have been damaged.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.

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