Wayne Whalen has stepped down as head of Skadden‘s Chicago office. Whalen has been with Skadden since leaving Mayer Brown in 1984 to help set up the Chicago office, which quickly became the busiest office in the Skadden network. His hand picked successor, Brian Duwe, was still three year away from his degree at the University of Chicago Law School when Whalen joined Skadden.
Whalen plans to maintain his existing corporate practice but said the time was right to pass the torch after 25 years.
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