Mayer Brown Vice Chairman Paul Maher, who had been on sabbatical at the law firm as of last month when he was passed over for one of the firm’s new management posts, has provided his official resignation from the firm.
Mayer Brown Chairman Jim Holzhauer told all of the firm’s lawyers in a May 15 memo that Maher would be leaving on “a date to be agreed upon.” Maher, a London partner who was slated to give up his post next month, didn’t respond to an e-mailed request for comment. The firm declined to comment beyond noting that Maher currently is still at the firm.
This is just the latest big management change from Mayer Brown. More details, after the jump.
Back in March, we reported that the firm’s chairman, James Holzhauer, was stepping down. Herbert Krueger is going to take over as chairman of the firm.
But with the new chairman, Mayer decided to trim the firm’s management structure:
The proposed management committee would have six members and the proposed partnership board would have 12 members, both presided over by the firm’s chairman. Mayer Brown said earlier this month that partners will also vote on electing partner Herbert “Bert” Krueger as chairman after he was nominated last month for the post by the firm’s current governing body, the 16-member policy and planning committee.
“It was the sense of the partners that we needed a smaller committee to lead the firm,” said partner Kenneth Geller, who is one of two vice chairmen at the firm. “This is an attempt to streamline management and I think it has support, but we’ll see.”
Perhaps there wasn’t a place for Mr. Maher?
No word on whether Maher will jump to another firm or what that firm may be.
It’s official: Paul Maher is leaving Mayer Brown [National law Journal]
NLJ: Mayer Brown’s Maher Taking Permanent Sabbatical [AmLaw Daily]
Mayer Brown to retool management structure, reestablish managing partner post [National Law Journal]
Earlier: Mayer Brown Chairman to Leave at the End of the Year