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Judge Freeh elected chair of Pepper Hamilton

Appointment forms part of professional management plan 

6 February 2013

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

Louis J. Freeh has been appointed chair of top-100 US law firm Pepper Hamilton.

He succeeds Nina M. Gussack, who served for two three-year terms in the role.

The latest appointment forms part of the firm’s plan to further develop its professional management and succession planning.

In February 2012, Pepper Hamilton recruited non-lawyer Scott Green to the newly-created role of chief executive officer, with responsibility for the firm’s business strategy and operations. 

In May, it appointed Thomas J. Cole, Jr. as managing partner, succeeding Robert E. Heideck, who had held the position for ten years.

“All the pieces are in place for accelerated growth and performance,” commented Gussack.

“Judge Freeh is the right person to assume the chair position at Pepper Hamilton,” she added. “I look forward to supporting him as his vision and leadership continue to move us forward as a law firm always at the forefront of innovation.”

Freeh has had a varied career which includes serving as fifth director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, US district court judge for the southern district of New York, general counsel at MBNA America Bank, and co-founder of Washington D.C. law firm Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan.

In addition to electing Freeh, the executive committee has also appointed two vice chairs, corporate and securities lawyer Julia D. Corelli and litigator Thomas M. Gallagher.

Gussack will continue with her full-time legal practice and serve as chair of the firm’s health effects litigation practice, a role she retained while serving as chair of the firm.

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