LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – January 7, 2008 (New York, NY) – International law firm Nixon Peabody LLP has named Richard F. Langan, Jr., to serve as the firm’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner. Mr. Langan will become leader of the firm and assume the titles of CEO and Managing Partner effective May 1, 2008, at which time current CEO and Managing Partner Harry P. Trueheart, III, will become the non-executive Chairman of Nixon Peabody. While serving as CEO and Managing Partner, Mr. Langan will continue his legal practice in business and finance. He will be based in the firm’s New York City office.
Mr. Langan has spent his entire career at Nixon Peabody. He joined the firm in 1980 as a first-year associate. Most recently he served as Chair of Nixon Peabody’s Business and Financial Services Department, which includes the firm’s securities, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, finance, and related practices. Mr. Langan will remain committed to serving the firm’s securities and M&A clients while serving as CEO and Managing Partner.
“I am profoundly honored to have the opportunity to serve as CEO and Managing Partner of this great firm,” said Mr. Langan. “Nixon Peabody has experienced exceptional growth and success under Harry Trueheart’s leadership – and our standing in the profession and in our communities has never been better. I am excited to work with my partners to increase our global presence and industry expertise while maintaining Nixon Peabody’s focus on being the best firm to work for and the best firm to work with.”
During this transition period, Mr. Langan and Mr. Trueheart will work closely together on all firm matters. In Mr. Trueheart’s new role as non-executive chairman, he will focus on client relationships, firm strategy and special projects. Mr. Trueheart has served as the firm’s CEO and managing partner since 1994. In that time, the firm has grown from a 250-lawyer regional firm with six offices to a 700-lawyer international firm with offices in 17 locations, including New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and London. “I offer Dick my congratulations and enthusiastic support as he prepares to take on this new role at this exciting time in our firm’s history,” said Mr. Trueheart. “I am looking forward to working with Dick to uphold the standards of excellence that have made Nixon Peabody one of the most successful law firms today.”
Mr. Langan is a member of the American Bar Association (Negotiated Acquisitions Committee and the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee, Business Law Section) and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Securities Regulation Committee and Financial Reporting Committee). He is a director of Minetta Brook, a non-for-profit arts foundation in New York City. Mr. Langan received his J.D. from George Washington University National Law Center and he earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Fordham College.
“We look forward with great excitement to this next phase in our firm’s growth,” added Mr. Langan. “The enthusiastic support of everyone at Nixon Peabody will ensure the firm’s future success.”
About Nixon Peabody
Nixon Peabody LLP is one of the largest law firms in the United States and is recognized by American Lawyer Media as a “Global 100” firm. With 700 lawyers and 17 office locations, including Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Rochester, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC, the firm’s size, diversity, and advanced technological resources enable it to offer comprehensive legal services in local, state, national, and international matters. Nixon Peabody has been recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of its “100 Best Companies To Work For®” in 2007 for the second consecutive year. The firm has also been named to the Human Rights Campaign’s 2007 “Best Places To Work For GLBT Equality” list.