LAWFUEL – Law Firm News, Law Jobs – Elias Matsakis has been appointed …

LAWFUEL – Law Firm News, Law Jobs – Elias Matsakis has been appointed to serve as executive partner of Holland & Knight’s Chicago office. Matsakis will oversee the day-to-day management of Holland & Knight’s second-largest office and the continued expansion of the firm’s core practices in the Chicago market.

“Elias brings significant legal and leadership experience and talent to his new role,” said Managing Partner Howell Melton. “I am confident that his vision and focus will provide us continued strong leadership in this important market.”

With more than 140 lawyers, the Chicago office is the firm’s second largest, with strong business, commercial and products litigation, labor and employment, real estate land use and government practices. Holland & Knight was ranked no. 1 in Illinois for its media and entertainment practice in the 2006 edition Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers.

Matsakis will maintain his successful business practice, which includes complex corporate finance and merger and acquisition transactions for both business and not for profit entities. In addition to his leadership role as executive partner, he serves on the firm’s national Directors Committee and is head of the Chicago Business Team. Matsakis is a member of the Chicago, Illinois State, Hellenic and American Bar Associations as well as the Commercial Law League. He currently serves on the Finance committee of the Northfield Township District 225 High School Board.

Matsakis received his B.A., with honors, from University of Chicago in 1971 and his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1974.

About Holland & Knight LLP: Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,150 lawyers in 17 U.S. offices. Other offices around the world are located in Mexico City, Tokyo and Beijing, with representative offices in Caracas, Helsinki and Tel Aviv. Holland & Knight is among the world’s 15 largest firms, providing representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law. Our interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams ensure clients have access to attorneys throughout the firm, regardless of location.

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