The Management

April 16, 2009 11:41 AM

Mayer Brown Reveals Plans for New Management Structure

Posted by Brian Baxter

A month after former chairman James Holzhauer announced that he was stepping down, sibling publication The National Law Journal reports that Mayer Brown partners will vote this week on a new governance structure for the firm that could see the reestablishment of the managing partner post.

The firm's former leadership apparatus--which consisted of one chairman in Chicago and two vice-chairs in London and Washington, D.C.--had been criticized in past years for being too diffuse.

The NLJ details the measures before Mayer Brown's partnership. The plans under consideration include: cutting the firm's management committee to six members, and expanding a proposed partnership board to 12 members, with both presided over by one chairman.

Mayer Brown announced earlier this month that partners will vote on electing employment lawyer Herbert "Bert" Krueger as chairman. Krueger was nominated for the position by the firm's current governing body, a 16-member policy and planning committee.

If a new governance structure is approved, it's expected that D.C.-based appellate litigator Kenneth Geller, currently one of the firm's vice-chair's, will be elected managing partner, the paper reports. Additional partner votes will be held again next month to fill other management positions.

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I have just heard there is no place for Maher on Mayer Brown's management committee. I do hope they know what they are doing. The guy has virtually single handily sculpted the firm that is Mayer Brown today. How can they afford to lose him especially in these times?

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