Large Legislation Goes Distant: Updates on Legislation Agency Closures Throughout the Coronavirus Disaster

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Editor's Note: This list will be updated as soon as we receive a message from other companies. This includes companies that have contracted or promoted remote work for all or some of their offices.

Adams and Reese

As of March 18, the company will encourage all employees who can do their jobs from home to do so. All offices remain open during normal business hours.


The company announced Tuesday that it has "switched to distance learning to ensure that we can seamlessly support our customers while protecting the health and well-being of our employees and supporting our communities' efforts to implement social distance."

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Akin Gump, who hired an epidemiologist to help him fight the coronavirus pandemic, has kept his offices accessible, but all employees have been "strongly encouraged" to work from home. The company said that all employees have the technology necessary for remote work.

Allen & Overy

Magic Circle said it strongly encourages its London-based partners and other employees "to use existing flexible work arrangements to work from home in the next few weeks to respond to the spread of COVID-19" a statement.


The company follows government advice in all jurisdictions, and teams are ready to work remotely if the government provides so, global executive partner Paul Jenkins said in a statement.

Ashurst's UK offices remain open, although many lawyers work from home.

Baker Botts

Effective March 16, Baker Botts gave lawyers and employees the opportunity to work from home. In addition, lawyers and lawyers in the firm's offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto are now required to work from home.

Baker & Hostetler

BakerHostenler has introduced a company-wide policy for remote work, where the "overwhelming majority" of its employees now work remotely. The company has closed its offices in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle in accordance with government guidelines. The rest of the offices remain open with reduced (and sometimes staggered) staff to support office functions that cannot be performed remotely.

Baker McKenzie

The global company has closed its offices in the United States and Toronto until at least March 27.

Bass Berry & Sims

According to managing partner Todd Rolapp, Bass Berry & Sims started his work from home on Monday. "Anyone who can effectively work from home is asked to work from home, and by and large, that's all lawyers," said Rolapp. A group of core employees and business people continue to work in the office to perform the required functions.

Amber Litowitz Berger & Grossmann

The physical offices are closed and the entire company is working remotely.

Empty Rome

A customer notification dated March 16 said: “As of today, we encourage all lawyers and professionals in our 14 offices to work remotely for the next two weeks. In addition, our Philadelphia office is officially closed from 5 p.m. ET today and all lawyers and professionals will work remotely after city officials have announced that all nonessential operations will be stopped. "

Boies Schiller Flexner

At the weekend of March 13 and 14, the law firm introduced a home office policy for its majority of offices that applies to its lawyers, paralegal and staff, in accordance with government guidelines. Most of the offices that are rotating have core personnel hired to assist those who work remotely, with the exception of the San Francisco Bay Area, which has protection requirements.


In a written statement, Gregory Bopp, Managing Partner of Bracewell, said that all offices are "open and fully functional". However, the law firm had introduced a voluntary teleworking directive for lawyers and employees in all offices by March 31.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

CEO Joseph Dougherty said in a statement on Tuesday that all offices had been switched to work from home.

Burns white

The firm announced on March 16 that its offices are closed and its lawyers and staff will be working remotely until March 30, at least.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft

Cadwalader has asked all lawyers and staff in all offices to work from home effective March 17th until further notice.

Clark Hill

The firm said in a statement: “We asked all lawyers, paralegal and operational staff to work remotely to continue to prioritize the health and safety of our people, customers and contacts. We have implemented a social distancing strategy in cases where critical functions are required in the office. Our offices are staffed only with the staff necessary for the continuity of the necessary and critical work functions. "

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

The company promotes remote working.


The company encourages people to work from home, but most of the company's offices remain open.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has recommended that his employees work from home, although the offices will remain open for the time being, a company spokesman said.

Cozen O’Connor

All employees can work remotely until March 27. The company said in an email to employees: “We will review this schedule as events continue. To put it clearly, we do not close offices or businesses. Instead, we give you the choice to do what makes you and your family most enjoyable in this unprecedented time. "

Cravath, Swaine & Moore

Cravath has urged all lawyers and staff to work from home, but its offices remain open to those in need of access.

Davis Wright Tremaine

All offices started remote working on March 16. The company closed its offices in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington, after a longtime employee went home with flu-like symptoms last week and died two days later. On March 16, the company announced that the deceased employee had a negative test for coronavirus.


Dechert sent a memo on March 13 to "encourage all employees to work from home all day," said one person who was aware of the situation with immediate effect. The offices are still staffed with reduced staff.


In a firm statement, it said: “As we continue to serve our customers extensively during the COVID 19 pandemic, we have placed operations in more than 180 offices worldwide in a remote work status to ensure business continuity. In the United States, our offices, following the President's statement on COVID-19's national emergency, remain open to key businesses according to best practices, while we have activated our remote work continuity plan so our employees can continue to serve customers . "

Dickinson Wright

Dickinson Wright announced on Monday that all 18 office locations will be closed effective Tuesday. CEO Michael Hammer said in a statement: "We recognize the urgency of this pandemic and our commitment to the safety of our customers and employees remains paramount."

DLA Piper

DLA piper has introduced remote working in all offices in the United States and Canada, as well as various other locations around the world.

Dykema Gossett

As of Tuesday, Dykema will work with lawyers, policy advisers and employees who work remotely. This was announced by Chairman and CEO Peter Kellett in a message to customers on the company's website.

Eversheds Sutherland

Employees in the United States, the United Kingdom, continental Europe and the Middle East were asked to work remotely "wherever possible". The offices will remain operational and will be staffed by “central support teams” unless prohibited by local authorities. The moves are in addition to government-mandated closures that apply in other jurisdictions.

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath

The company reopened after a one-day shutdown on March 10th due to a coronavirus scare. However, on March 16, the company announced that it had asked its employees to work remotely at least until March 31.

Field fisherman

The company promotes remote working.

Foley & Lardner

Foley & Lardner encourages everyone who can work from home to do so to minimize the number of people in offices. When team members stay in the office, the company takes precautionary measures, including improved cleaning and practicing social distancing. The company also meets the applicable requirements for on-site protection.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson

Fried Frank urged his lawyers and business people to work remotely.

Haynes and Boone

As of March 19, Baker Botts introduced work from home for all lawyers and professionals. The offices are open with minimal staff to support operations.

Herbert Smith Freehills

None of the company's offices are officially closed, except in the jurisdictions required by law, but the vast majority of employees work remotely and remote work systems work smoothly, the company said.

HSF teams in Asia have been working remotely since January, which has followed in recent weeks in Europe, the United States and the rest of the world. In London, a core team continues to work in the office to maintain essential services. However, the company states that it is ready to close completely if needed.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells' offices in Brussels, Los Angeles, Milan, Perth, Philadelphia, Rome, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Sydney are closed due to government regulations, shelter in place policies and emergency orders. The company recommends that the majority of its employees worldwide work remotely.

Katten Muchin Rosenman

On March 17, Katten began using a remote work environment in all offices for the foreseeable future. This emerges from a memo that the company boss Noah S. Heller sent to all company employees. During this time, staff can only access offices in key customer-related matters. The company has also identified skeleton crews in each office that are available for remote support.

König & Spalding

King & Spalding has told all employees to work from home for two weeks, but, according to a knowledgeable person, has closed their offices and employees can continue to enter if necessary. In London, the company also set up a COVID-19 working group and set up a rota for secretarial support. Earners were asked to use the company's virtual private network, while the secretaries used a "virtual desktop".

Kramer Levin

Kramer Levin lets his lawyers and staff work from home in New York City, his largest office. This emerges from an e-mail that he sent to customers on Monday morning. "In response to new guidelines from government agencies that promote social distancing to reduce virus transmission rates, Kramer Levin is now running a temporary work-from-home program in the New York office," the company said. "We believe this move protects our employees while maximizing our ability to meet our customers' needs."

Latham & Watkins

The firm's offices remain open at all locations except when there is a nationwide ban, Latham said, adding that "the vast majority of our lawyers and professional staff work remotely."


Linklaters switched its London workforce to remote work for at least two weeks. The office will remain open during the reporting period, and a small team will, according to a company spokesman, "continue working … to maintain essential customer services".

McDermott Will & Emery

A spokesman said on March 17 that McDermott's offices are still operating, but all lawyers and professionals have been asked to work remotely until March 29 at least.

Miller Canfield

Effective March 16, and until further notice, all Miller Canfield attorneys and employees in the 18 offices have changed to work-from-home status, except for central office support services.

Morrison & Foerster

As of Friday, March 13, the company moved to a remote work environment for all U.S. and European offices, although the offices are still open, according to a spokesman. This will remain so at least until the end of March.

Munck Wilson Mandala

Munck Wilson Mandala encourages everyone who can work from home to do so to minimize the number of people in offices. When team members stay in the office, the company takes precautionary measures, including improved cleaning and practicing social distancing. The company also meets applicable local, state, and national protection requirements. The company's remote functions are secure and all work is carried out as usual.

Osborne Clark

The company promotes remote working.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw & Pittman

Many work remotely, but the offices remain open and staffed with skeletal personnel.

Paul Hastings

The firm announced on March 17 that it had asked lawyers and professionals to work remotely. Paul Hastings has 22 offices in America, Europe and Asia.

Reed Smith

According to a permanent spokeswoman, Reed Smith's workforce started working remotely on March 13. The offices remain open and are occupied by a "skeleton staff".

Robinson + Cole

The company has activated its business continuity plan and has “switched completely to remote operation”.

Ship Hardin

The firm announced on March 13 that the majority of its lawyers and staff would work remotely from March 16 to at least March 27. However, she added, "All of the firm's offices remain open for key business support functions."

Seward & Kissel

The company said in a statement: “To lower the virus transmission rates, Seward & Kissel has implemented a temporary remote work program. Although we are not all physically present in our offices, we have tested our remote access tools and our business continuity procedures are in place to ensure that our business remains fully operational. We believe this move protects our employees while maximizing our ability to meet our customers' needs without interruption. "

Sheppard Mullin

From March 23, all offices will work remotely.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon

As of Monday, March 16, Shook moved all offices to a remote work environment.

Slaughter and May

In a statement, the company said it had asked employees to work from home, "where possible to reduce the total number of people in the office and travel to work." The statement continues: “Our teams are well positioned to work remotely and our office remains open. These agreements are initially valid until Friday, April 3rd, and we will continue to review the situation. "

Snell & Wilmer

Valid from March 19 Snell & Wilmer closed all company offices and switched to a remote working model. The closing is valid until April 17th, but can be adjusted in both directions depending on the circumstances.

Skimpy Patton Boggs

Distance work is encouraged. The company said in a statement: “All of our offices will remain open during this time and will be staffed by a small team of people who are considered essential to the business. We encourage everyone to work from home, but recognize that every market in which we operate is different, as does the personal circumstances of people. Those employees who want to come to the office can therefore do so. Some of our offices around the world have either already implemented telework programs or have taken other measures that are considered necessary to protect the safety and well-being of our employees. "

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan

The firm said in a statement: “While we continue to play our part in the wider community, Stroock, like a number of Am Law firms, has introduced full-time remote work. All lawyers, paralegal and employees who can work remotely were asked to do so. Rest assured that every Stroock attorney and paralegal has the technology needed to work remotely. We remain open to business and all of our offices will continue to be staffed by a skeleton crew so necessary critical deposits, closings and other important meetings that cannot be moved are held. "

Sullivan & Worcester

According to an announcement on March 16, the company moved to a mandatory remote work environment and canceled all personal meetings. Customer meetings are held by conference call or video conference. The company has also restricted all international travel and all non-essential domestic travel.

Taylor Wessing

Up to 40 Taylor Wessing employees are self-isolated after an employee in the company's Frankfurt office tested positive for coronavirus. According to a company spokesman, the employee is in self-isolation after a slight reaction to the disease, but is recovering well. People who have shared the floor that this person has worked on are self-isolating and this floor is being cleaned. However, the other floors of the company in this building in Frankfurt remain open.

Thompson & Knight

Thompson & Knight has introduced a teleworking policy that will apply to lawyers and employees in all law firms from Monday through March 31. The nine law firms of the firm remain open to reception and office services with fewer employees, who work alternately. The offices remain open to lawyers who need to come to the office for work.

Vinson & Elkins

Chairman Mark Kelly said Vinson & Elkins has introduced a remote work policy in all of its offices worldwide.

Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby

The company said in a statement: “We are currently in the process of gradually closing most of our offices based on various policies that we have received from state and local governments. Once this is done, all of our staff will immediately be switched to full remote access. For customers and others outside of our offices, there should be no noticeable difference in access to our employees and the services that we routinely offer. "

Because, Gotshal & Manges

After Gotshal initially divided his lawyers and employees into two groups, which work alternately weekly from home, he said on Monday that from Tuesday all employees will be asked to work from home.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher

All employees throughout the company must work remotely until further notice. A law firm spokesman said, "Our lawyers and staff are fully prepared to remotely access systems with the same level of security and availability as they would from the office."

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

In a message from their co-leaders on Monday, the firm said the firm "strongly encouraged lawyers and staff to work from home even though the offices were still open, and that the firm's technical systems were capable." to take such a step.


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