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August 6, 2010 4:37 PM

With Eyes on Future, DLA Piper Promotes Two

Posted by Tom Huddleston Jr.

With the promotion of two partners to top management positions, DLA Piper have begun to plan for the eventual departure of members of the triumvirate of firm chairs that has been in place for the past five years.

Am Law Daily sibling publication The National Law Journal reports that corporate and finance partners Roger Meltzer in New York and Jay Rains in San Diego have been appointed to the office of chair. They join Frank Burch, Lee Miller, and Terry O'Malley, who have been in that office since the megafirm's creation in 2005.

Burch, 62, Miller, 62, and O'Malley, 59, will continue in their posts until at least the end of 2012 and,the firm says, could possibly stay on beyond that point. The NLJ notes that DLA Piper stressed that the addition of Meltzer, 59, and Rains, 54, should not be seen as an indicator that the incumbent chairs would be taking less active roles.

Meltzer became global chairman of the firm's corporate and finance group after leaving New York's Cahill Gordon & Reindel in 2007. He has brought large M&A deals to DLA Piper during his tenure, including advising Invitrogen Corp. in a $6.7 billion merger with Applera Corp. that created Applied Biosystems Group. (Meltzer is also a member of the board of directors for ALM Media LLC, the parent company of NLJ and The American Lawyer.)

Rains, whose clients include Qualcomm Inc., Life Technologies Corp., CareFusion Corp., and Jamba Inc., is cochairman of the firm's corporate and finance practice. He joined DLA Piper from Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich in 2005. For the moment, both Meltzer and Rains will continue to practice full time.

Burch is chairman of the firm's global board, while Miller is joint chief executive officer and O'Malley is the firm's U.S. managing partner.

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