Seven Huge Regulation Companies Getting New Leaders in 2023

Seven main regulation corporations welcome new leaders in 2023, together with a trio of legal…

Seven Huge Regulation Companies Getting New Leaders in 2023

Seven main regulation corporations welcome new leaders in 2023, together with a trio of legal professionals that may grow to be the primary girls to carry the highest roles at their corporations.

The leaders take the reins amid a slowdown that has pumped the brakes on the transactions work that had propelled income and earnings to new highs at many corporations.

“Whereas the uncertainty throughout international markets presents a possible problem for the authorized occupation and our purchasers, planning for potential downturns comes with the territory when main any giant group,” stated Faegre Drinker chair-elect Gina Kastel in an e mail.

Jones Day: Greg Shumaker

Jones Day has its first new managing accomplice in twenty years after Greg Shumaker took over Jan. 1.

The Washington lawyer and 35-year veteran of the agency replaces Stephen Brogan, who helped Jones Day set up itself as a robust participant within the nation’s capital. Brogan started telling colleagues in early 2021 he would relinquish the position by 12 months’s finish, prompting hypothesis about who he would decide as his successor.

Shumaker joins an unique membership: Solely eight folks have held the managing accomplice title in Jones Day’s 130-year historical past.

Shumaker, previously the top of Jones Day’s international disputes observe, has targeted a lot of his profession on sophisticated litigation associated to main chapter circumstances, together with these involving the Metropolis of Detroit and several other giant auto producers.

Fragomen: Lance Kaplan & Enrique Gonzalez

International company immigration regulation agency Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy is seeing a management change for the primary time in 50-plus years.

Lance Kaplan and Enrique Gonzalez take over this month as co-chairs of the agency. They succeed agency founder and present chairman, Austin Fragomen, because the panorama of immigration regulation and international mobility continues to develop extra complicated.

“Heading into 2023, we’re properly positioned to climate an financial downturn, ought to that come to fruition,” stated Kaplan, who was beforehand managing accomplice for Fragomen’s worldwide observe group.

Fragomen was based in 1951 as a small boutique and has since grown into a world operation with greater than 6,000 workers throughout greater than 60 places of work in 170 nations.

“The pandemic has had an incredible impression on international mobility and has created a shift in conventional considering,” stated Gonzalez, who beforehand was managing accomplice within the agency’s Miami workplace.

“We imagine these tendencies will proceed to form our interconnected world and Fragomen will proceed to be the chief that helps purchasers adapt and thrive on this new setting,” he stated.

Faegre Drinker: Gina Kastel

Faegre Drinker elected Gina Kastel as its subsequent chair in November, making her the regulation agency’s first feminine chair.

Gina Kastel

Faegre Drinker

Kastel, who co-chairs the agency’s compensation committee, formally takes over on April 1. The Minnesota-based accomplice succeeds co-chairs Tom Froehle and Andrew Kassner, who served as co-chairs of the agency for the reason that mixture of Drinker Biddle & Reath and Faegre Baker Daniels in February 2020.

“At a time once we see girls leaving the authorized occupation, it is very important have girls moving into management roles,” Kastel stated. “It’s been particularly gratifying to listen to the joy of our agency’s girls legal professionals, employees and alumni about having our first feminine chair.”

The agency is now among the many 50 largest by income within the nation. Its litigation, regulatory, and transactions practices make Faegre Drinker “well-positioned” to deal with any financial headwinds on the horizon, she stated.

Seyfarth Shaw: Lorie Almon

Lorie Almon can also be making historical past at her agency, elected to grow to be the primary girl chief at Seyfarth Shaw in its almost 80 years of enterprise.

Almon is an employment litigator and co-managing accomplice of Seyfarth’s New York workplace. She is going to initially function chair-elect alongside the agency’s present chief, Peter Miller, who will step down within the second half of 2023.

Chicago-founded Seyfarth has lengthy been often called a labor and employment powerhouse, advising a variety of firms on office and different issues. The agency has greater than 900 legal professionals in 17 places of work worldwide.

Dechert: David Forti and Mark Thierfelder

Philadelphia-based Dechert is about for a management shakeup within the new 12 months as David Forti and Mark Thierfelder grow to be firmwide co-chairs in July.

Forti is co-chair of Dechert’s international finance and actual property observe, whereas Mark Thierfelder leads the agency’s company and securities group and its international non-public fairness observe.

The pair might be joined within the management suite by Sabina Comis and Vincent Cohen Jr., elected the agency’s first international managing companions. Comis is co-managing accomplice of Dechert’s Paris workplace, and Cohen heads its US white collar observe.

The brand new management workforce succeeds Andy Levander, Dechert’s chair since 2011, and Henry Nassau, its CEO since 2016.

Snell & Wilmer: Barbara Dawson

Snell & Wilmer may also welcome its first feminine chair within the agency’s historical past when Phoenix-based accomplice Barbara Dawson takes over in April.

Dawson, an investigations and litigation lawyer, is a member of the agency’s government and compensation committees. She replaces Matthew Feeney, who has led the agency since 2015 and spearheaded its current enlargement efforts.

Snell & Wilmer, based in Arizona, has opened places of work in California, Oregon and Texas. The agency will proceed its enlargement throughout its broad geography that spans the Western a part of the U.S. plus Washington, D.C., and Los Cabos, Mexico, Dawson stated.

“As we method 2023, we’re on stable floor, and I really feel assured that the range of our practices and geography will assist us to supply nice worth to our purchasers because the economic system modifications,” Dawson stated.

Ballard Spahr: Peter Michaud

After main the Philadelphia-founded Ballard Spahr for greater than a decade, Mark Stewart will step down as chair on Dec. 31, 2023, making method for personal fairness and M&A accomplice Peter Michaud.

The Minneapolis-based Michaud joined Ballard Spahr in 2018 by its merger with Lindquist & Vennum. He turned workplace managing accomplice of Ballard Spahr’s Minneapolis workplace following the merger and in 2019 turned chair of the agency’s enterprise and finance division.