Early 2009 should have been a terrible time to debut a new law firm, but for Melissa S. Widen, managing partner at Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP, the brutal recession presented an opportunity tailor-made for a litigation boutique dedicated to a streamlined, cost-conscious way of winning cases.
In his six years heading Jackson Lewis LLP, Patrick L. Vaccaro has devoted himself to dramatically boosting the ranks of the national labor boutique, all while maintaining the collegiality and collaborative work environment that the managing partner says is the firm's hallmark.
Running a major law firm has almost nothing to do with directing an automotive assembly line, but under firm chair and managing partner J. Stephen Poor, Seyfarth Shaw LLP has adapted one of industry's most trusted business management strategies to revolutionize the way Seyfarth approaches client service.
Over the past decade, Peter Martyr has guided Norton Rose LLP through a period of rapid expansion premised on a fundamental restructuring of the firm's business focus according to industry sectors of strength, positioning his firm to become a top global legal practice.
Three years ago, Squire Sanders LLP Chairman and Global CEO James Maiwurm took the helm at the firm he joined 35 years ago, and has since led the firm’s expansion by 500 attorneys, overseen the merger with firms on two fronts of the globe and instituted a massive sea change in the company’s approach to the practice of law.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s U.S. managing partner Kim Koopersmith has spent almost two decades creating and expanding advancement opportunities for women and minorities both inside and outside of the firm, making her among the most innovative leaders at U.S. firms.
A program to solicit feedback from all staff, leading to dozens of improvements across the firm, is just one of a number of initiatives led by Reed Smith LLP global managing partner Greg Jordan, earning him a spot on Law360's list of America's Most Innovative Managing Partners.
Facing stubbornly low rates of female and minority representation in the upper crust of the legal industry, Crowell & Moring LLP managing partner Ellen Moran Dwyer decided to tackle the problem head-on, making her among the country's most innnovative managing partners.
Helming the growth of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP for 22 years as its chairman and CEO, Ralph Baxter has left a indelible mark not only on its culture but also the larger practice by upending traditional career models, rejiggering payment structures and transforming the business of law in many other innovative ways.
For Ben C. Adams of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, managing his firm all starts with listening, giving straight answers and simply treating employees with respect, an approach that has distinguished him as one of America's Most Innovative Managing Partners.
Law360 is pleased to announce the winners of its 2012 Most Innovative Managing Partners award.
Since its founding over a decade ago, Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC has challenged many of the enshrined practices and hidebound mindsets that chairman Bryan Schwartz says encumber firms and deaden the legal profession, earning him a spot on Law360's list of Most Innovative Managing Partners.
A decisive leader with no taste for lawyerly overthinking, Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP's Marc Kasowitz has grown his firm from an upstart to a powerhouse without developing a bloated bureaucracy, earning himself a spot on Law360's list of Most Innovative Managing Partners.
Riding the cutting edge in technology, diversity and alternative fee structures, K&L Gates LLP has grown from a regional outfit to one of the world's largest firms, thanks to the steady leadership and competitive streak of chairman and global managing partner Peter Kalis, earning him a spot on Law360's list of Most Innovative Managing Partners.
Global managing partner Greg Jordan has taken Reed Smith LLP from a regional outfit to a global giant, founded an in-house university and launched a career development plan to groom lawyers for today’s volatile legal industry, earning him a spot on Law360's list of Most Innovative Managing Partners.
Evan Chesler has used his position as presiding partner at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP to lead a crusade to “kill the billable hour,” earning himself a place on Law360's list of Most Innovative Managing Partners.
More than three decades into a career founded on a gutsy risk, Ford & Harrison LLP's C. Lash Harrison has made his firm a labor law powerhouse thanks to his "12 C's of Law Firm Leadership" and his systemic focus on attorney development, earning him a place among Law360's Most Innovative Managing Partners.
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP chairman Guy Halgren has presided over a 70 percent increase in firm size while playing a unique hands-on role in lateral hiring, revamping associate training, encouraging alternative fees and pioneering client surveys, earning him a spot on Law360's list of Most Innovative Managing Partners.
Faced with a challenging economy and a tough legal market, Hogan Lovells co-CEOs Warren Gorrell and David Harris orchestrated a trans-Atlantic merger of unprecedented size, but that only marked the beginning of a transformation that has earned the pair a spot on Law360's list of Most Innovative Managing Partners.
Just about every law firm trumpets its client services, but Crowell & Moring LLP's Kent A. Gardiner has recouped hundreds of millions of dollars for clients through plaintiff's recovery litigation, pioneered alternative fees and encouraged his lawyers to treat in-house counsel like business partners, landing him a spot on Law360's list of Most Innovative Managing Partners.
The Gibbons PC logo — shining out from the top of its Newark, N.J., headquarters in a glow of white and blue wattage — is the biggest outward emblem of the firm's transformation, one that has put it at the apex of marketing and branding in the legal industry and landed its young leader, Patrick C. Dunican Jr., on Law360's list of Most Innovative Managing Partners.
In an economy that has sent other big-league firms scrambling to cut costs, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC's Bob Bodian has brought on business development managers and boosted the firm's marketing budget by 25 percent, earning a place among Law360's Most Innovative Managing Partners.
When it comes to rethinking law firm management — whether it be through new staffing models, experimenting with alternative fees or changing how firms define success — Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has led the way, earning its chairman and CEO Ralph Baxter a spot on Law360's list of Most Innovative Managing Partners.
When times are tough, the tough get going. Or in the case of Law360's most innovative managing partners, they kick open doors, blaze trails and figure out ways for their firm to not only survive but thrive in a time of crisis.