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Summary: Bloomberg BNA published a list today of the most influential law firm leaders who have stepped down in the past five years.

After 28 years, Gary LeClair, 60, is stepping down as the chair of Richmond-based LeClairRyan. He will return to practicing law full time.

  
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Gary LeClair. Courtesy of Youtube.


In May, James Rishwain announced he would step down as chair of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in December 2016. David Dekker will take over his duties in 2017.

James Rishwain. Photo courtesy of American Lawyer.

James Rishwain. Photo courtesy of American Lawyer.

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Michael Nannes stepped down as chairman of Dickstein Shapiro in 2014.  It was rumored that the firm was in financial trouble and had to cut staff. 

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Michael Nannes. Courtesy of Dickstein Shapiro.




Tony Angel stepped down as global co-chairman of DLA Piper in 2014, and Nigel Knowles succeeded him. 

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Tony Angel. Courtesy of The Times.


In 2014, Chair Valerie Ford Jacob announced that she was leaving Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson this year. She is now partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer .

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Valerie Ford Jacob. Courtesy of American Lawyer.


Jay Zimmerman, who led the firm since 1994, stepped down as chair of Bingham McCutchen in 2014. Steven Browne succeeded him.

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Jay Zimmerman. Photo courtesy of American Lawyer.


In 2013, Warren Gorrell and David Harris announced they were stepping down as co-CEOs of global law firm Hogan Lovells. They were replaced by Stephen Immelt.

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Warren Gorrell and David Harris. Courtesy of Legal Week.


After twenty years, Robert Dell stepped down as chair of Latham & Watkins in January of 2015. He was replaced by William Voge.

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Robert Dell. Photo courtesy of American Lawyer.


Regina Pisa was the first woman to ever serve as a chairwoman and managing partner of an Amlaw 100 law firm. In 2014, she announced she was stepping down at Goodwin Procter after a sixteen year tenure. 

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Regina Pisa. Photo courtesy of Biz Journal.


In 2014, Don Lents stepped down as chair of Bryan Cave, and he was replaced by Therese Pritchard.

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Don Lents. Photo courtesy of Biz Journal.

Source: https://bol.bna.com/21-law-firm-leaders-who-hung-up-the-crown/

Source: https://bol.bna.com/after-28-year-run-big-law-chair-steps-down-at-60/

Source: http://www.pillsburylaw.com/news/pillsbury-names-david-dekker-vice-chair-chair-elect

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2014/05/13/law-firm-succession-bingham-mccutchen-chair-to-hand-over-duties/ 

Source: http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202735048779/Distinguished-Leader-Robert-Dell-Latham–Watkins?slreturn=20151019132130 

Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2014/07/09/regina-pisa-stepping-aside-as-goodwin-procter.html



 

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