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Winston & Strawn appoints new managing partners to seven offices

Rotation-based leadership appointments were made to support succession planning, firm says

17 September 2012

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

US law firm Winston & Strawn has appointed new managing partners to seven of its 15 international offices. The firm said these changes are the result of rotation provisions outlined in its partnership agreement.

“These appointments are part of our organised succession efforts under our partnership agreement,” said Thomas Fitzgerald, the firm’s managing partner.

In all but one of the appointments, the new managing partners had previously served as practice group heads within the firm.

In Houston, IP litigation partner John Keville is the only new office managing partner to have not served as a practice head within the firm.

Tom Buchanan, the head of litigation in the firm’s Washington, DC office and a member of its executive committee, has been appointed as managing partner of that office.

Tom Frederick, the former chair of the firm’s litigation department and a departing executive committee member, has become the Chicago office managing partner.

Eric Sagerman, chair of the firm’s national restructuring and insolvency group, takes the managing partner position in Los Angeles.

The head of the firm’s San Francisco labour and employment group, Joan Fife, has been appointed as the new San Francisco office managing partner.

Michael Madden, who leads the Winston & Strawn’s commercial litigation presence in London, is the new London office managing partner and has joined the firm’s executive committee.

Gilles Bigot, who heads the firm’s corporate department in Paris, has been appointed as managing partner of that office.

Former office managing partners Laura Petroff (Los Angeles), Charles Birenbaum (San Francisco), Steven Cagle (Houston), Tom Mills (Washington DC) and Vincent Sol (Paris) will continue their practice at the firm, along with other responsibilities.

Winston & Strawn has also appointed new chairs of the corporate and litigation practice groups, both of whom have been given a place on the firm’s executive committee.

Dom DeChiara, co-chair of the firm’s private equity practice, is the new chair of its corporate practice group and has joined the firm’s executive committee.

Jim Hurst, a current member of the firm’s executive committee and chair of its IP department, has been appointed chair of the litigation practice group.

Other partners who have joined Winston & Strawn’s executive committee include Jerry Bloom, Linda Coberly, David Hall-Jones, Jeffrey Kessler and Gene Schaerr.

Winston & Strawn has eight offices in North America, four in Europe and three in Greater China. 

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