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I-Team: Big changes ahead for Lionel Sawyer law firm

LAS VEGAS -- Big changes are ahead for one of Nevada's first and largest law firms. The 8 News NOW I-Team learned many attorneys are leaving Lionel Sawyer.

The exact details of why this is happening is being kept a secret right now, but managing partner Paul Hejmanowski said Lionel Sawyer is in a “state of transition.”

He said a number of attorneys will be working for different companies, but they will continue to serve their clients at Lionel Sawyer. Hejmanowski continued by saying a final decision in regards to the future of the law firm have not been made.

Hejmanowski stopped short of saying the firm is closing, but the I-Team spoke with legal observers who said those rumblings have been an open secret in the legal community for the past few weeks.

The managing partner did say, like other businesses, Lionel Sawyer is not immune to the pressure of the economy.

Lionel Sawyer was established in 1967. One of the co-founders was former Nevada governor Grant Sawyer.

Samuel Lionel, another founding partner is still with the firm. He's considered by his peers to be a "senior statesman" of the Nevada bar.

Lionel Sawyer has been one of the most powerful players in Nevada politics for decades with eight lobbyists registered at the 2013 legislative session.