Thomson Reuters will close the Bellevue, Wash. headquarters of Legal Tracker, an online billing and analytics affiliate, as part of a larger series of layoffs and office consolidations.
Legal Tracker itself is not going away, but the office will close next summer, and the headquarters will shift to Thomson Reuters’ Toronto office, spokesman Dave Moran told GeekWire. The office closure will affect roughly 60 people, though Thomson Reuters is still working through how many will be laid off and if any will transfer.
Thomson Reuters filed a notice from the Washington Employment Security Department of the Bellevue office closure, saying that layoffs will begin in February.
The move to shutter the Bellevue office is part of a broader series of layoffs at Thomson Reuters that will see the company cut 3,200 jobs and close 55 offices by 2020. Toronto-based Thomson Reuters employs about 27,000 people across the globe, and it includes a news organization, services for the legal industry and financial software.
Moran said much of the technology operations are being consolidated into four locations: Toronto, Dallas, Minneapolis and Ann Arbor.
“We are a global company, and we will continue to have offices around world, but we are trying to consolidate as much as we can to those core hubs where the bulk of our technology work will be done,” Moran said.
Legal Tracker came under the Thomson Reuters umbrella through a 2010 acquisition. Thomson Reuters acquired Bellevue-based Serengeti Law, which created the Serengeti Tracker management and billing tool. The system was later rebranded as Legal Tracker.