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A Visionary Leader Takes the Helm

A Visionary Leader Takes the Helm


Richard Engel assumes leadership as managing partner at Armstrong Teasdale, bringing expertise and vision

Armstrong Teasdale, a legal institution with a history spanning 123 years, stands on the cusp of a new era under the stewardship of Richard (Rick) W. Engel, Jr., elected as the managing partner effective Jan. 1, 2024.

With a tenure of 36 years at Armstrong Teasdale, Engel's ascendancy to this role signifies a continuation of the firm's legacy of robust leadership. Working alongside outgoing Managing Partner Patrick Rasche across various leadership capacities, Engel is primed to take the reins while Rasche transitions back to Intellectual Property law within the firm.

Expressing confidence in Engel's capabilities, Rasche remarked, "Rick will be a strong leader for the firm. His visionary approach, coupled with his relationships within our community, makes him an ideal choice." Rasche looks forward to returning to his patent practice and supporting the firm's growth.

Engel's track record at the firm includes roles as general counsel, partner, and former leader of the Financial and Real Estate Services group. His diverse involvement in committees and practice groups attests to his multifaceted expertise and commitment.

Commenting on his election, Engel shared, "I'm honoured by the trust placed in me. My previous role instilled a focus on protecting legal interests, risk management, and operations. I aim to continue serving the firm, our people, and clients diligently."

Engel's legal expertise spans corporate and financial counseling, with a focus on guiding corporations and financial institutions across industries such as energy, retail, and transportation. His involvement in significant proceedings and advisory roles underscores his seasoned capabilities.

Colleague Martha Hereford emphasized Engel's diverse skill set and leadership qualities. "Rick brings a blend of skills that align with his new role," she remarked, highlighting his ability to navigate varied disciplines.

Beyond his legal practice, Engel actively engages in professional associations and supports philanthropic endeavors, showcasing a commitment to community involvement and service.

Acknowledged by industry bodies and listed among prestigious legal rankings, Engel's accolades affirm his dedication and expertise in bankruptcy and creditor rights.

As Richard (Rick) W. Engel, Jr. assumes the mantle of managing partner, Armstrong Teasdale anticipates a trajectory of continued success under his visionary leadership, guided by a legacy of legal excellence and community commitment.