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January 19, 2012 6:46 PM

The Churn: Firm Leader Edition

Posted by Sara Randazzo

Since the start of the new year, law firms have virtually indundated The Am Law Daily with announcements heralding new hires and promotions. We've got another big batch of laternal partner moves teed up for publication Friday, but in the meantime here's a look at the latest executive-level shuffles to come our way.

DLA Piper is expanding its firm leadership structure. As part of the change, ROGER MELTZER, a corporate and securities partner in New York, and CAMERON "JAY" RAINS, a corporate partner in San Diego, will become the firm's U.S. co-chairs for a four-year term starting January 1, 2013. Until then, three partners will hold the domestic co-chair title: J. TERENCE O'MALLEY, the current U.S. managing partner, FRANK BURCH, and LEE MILLER (Burch currently holds the title of global co-chair; Lee currently serves as the firm's joint CEO). That team will work closely with newly installed global co-chair Tony Angel, according to a firm press release, as well as SIR NIGEL KNOWLES, the firm's managing partner and second joint CEO. For the next year, firm leaders will search for a replacement for a domestic managing partner to begin in 2013.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer hired ANDREA LOCKLEAR to serve as chief operating officer of its U.S. operations. Locklear previously worked as chief legal personnel and development officer at Sullivan & Cromwell and has also worked at Debevoise & Plimpton and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. In her new position, Locklear will oversee the U.S. practice's business service functions, excluding business development and finance.

As of March 1, Irell & Manella will be led by ANDREI IANCU, who is slated to take the reins from current managing partner ELLIOT BROWN for a three-year term. Iancu, an intellectual property litigator in Los Angeles, is no stranger to firm leadership. He previously served as a member of Irell's executive committee and currently chairs the hiring committee. A native of Romania and a former engineer, Iancu also teaches patent law as an adjunct professor at UCLA School of Law. Iancu is expected to continue his IP practice full time, according to a firm press release, working for clients including TiVo and St. Jude Medical.

King & Spalding looked internally for a new chief operating officer to replace PATRICK GLISSON, who retired at the end of 2011 after a dozen years in the position. The firm has named partner DEREK HARDESTY—who specialized in products liability and private equity work before going into firm management full time in 2002—to the role. Over the course of the past decade, Hardesty has helped run the firm's training programs, been director of professional development, and helped the firm design and execute a strategic plan. Hardesty first took a detour from law in 1999, when he became a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. "I missed, to be honest, numbers," says Hardesty, who majored in economics at Duke University and later attended Harvard Law School, of why he stopped practicing. "I was really missing the business side of things." As COO, he will oversee all of King & Spalding's non-legal operations, including roughly 1,200 staffers.

The leadership ranks at Locke Lord have also seen a slight change. At the top of the firm, JERRY CLEMENTS has been reelected chair of the executive committee. At the vice chair level, executive committee member DANIEL SCHLESSINGER in Chicago was elected to serve as co-vice chair alongside Houston partner Bill Swanstrom, who was reelected to his post. The firm also elected two new partners to its executive committee: Chicago partners MICHAEL GAERTNER, an antitrust and intellectual property litigator who helps lead the firm's business litigation and arbitration group, and DAVID WIRT, chair of the firm's bankruptcy and restructuring group. Four other partners will continue their role on the exectuive committee for 2012.

The Churn is compiled from law firm releases and announcements. Moves based on our own reporting will note this. Please send all announcements and news releases to thechurn@alm.com.

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