ALM Media — the company that publishes the website and leading legal magazines such as The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel — has laid off several top editors.

The layoffs were first reported by Casey Sullivan at Big Law Business. An email this morning confirmed some of the layoffs.

Among the departures are Kim Kleman, editor of The American Lawyer; Anthony Paonita, editor in chief of Corporate Counsel; David Hechler, deputy editor of Corporate Counsel; ALM editorial director George Haj; and Erin Harrison, editor in chief of multi-platform content.

Way back when I worked at ALM, I hired Dave Hechler into the company and I worked with Anthony Paonita, so those departures are particularly sad for me to see.

The bigger question is what this means for ALM’s future as a legal news company.