News that Patton Boggs recently made changes in their leadership structure was featured by The National Law Journal on November 14, 2009.
The firm recently announced the stepping down of Stuart Pape as managing partner at the end of 2010 with the intention of passing the position to current deputy managing partner and interim chief operating officer, Edward Newberry. Mr. Pape, who will resume his legal practice full-time, was appointed to the position of managing partner in 1997. Mr. Newberry, who will come into this role with a newly-instated five-year term and a compensation structure that no longer depends on maintaining his law practice, stated, "I think [temporarily giving up my law practice] is necessary to do the job right, and I'm eager to undertake the challenge."
"Ed devoted an enormous amount of time working with people who felt very strongly about sometimes very different sides of the question," stated James E. Tyrrell, Jr., regional managing partner of the firm's New Jersey and New York offices, who has worked with Mr. Newberry on the firm's executive committee. "All came away with a very strong feeling that Ed was a master at developing consensus."
This transfer of leadership comes a few short months after news that the firm was revising its compensation structure to encourage firm wide cooperation on marketing to clients. Both institutional changes came as a direct result of the firm's new strategic plan.