Goodwin Procter has named David Hashmall as its next chairman, replacing Regina Pisa, the first woman ever to lead an Am Law 100 firm, when she steps down at the end of September.
Hashmall will become only the sixth chairman in Goodwin Procter’s 102-year history after being elected to a five-year term, the firm said in an announcement Wednesday.
Pisa will continue on as chairwoman emeritus at Boston-based Goodwin Procter, a firm she has led since 1998.
“Regina and I have worked closely with each other over these past years. We hold very similar perspectives and I do not plan on making any dramatic changes as chairman,” Hashmall said in a phone interview Wednesday. “However, I do hope to build on the already successful year that we have had and continue our firms upward trajectory.”
Goodwin Procter reported a record year in 2013, with gross revenues rising 5 percent to $752.5 million, according to the latest Am Law 100 data. Revenue per lawyer was up 6.5 percent, to $980,000, and profits per equity partner grew 7 percent, to $1.625 million, topping the firm’s past financial performance.
During Pisa’s tenure, Goodwin Procter grew from 300 lawyers primarily based in Boston, with gross annual revenues of roughly $170 million, to more than 900 lawyers in eight locations in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Pisa herself has been recognized for her accomplishments, and last year she was named one of The American Lawyer’s Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Past 50 Years.
In 2012, Pisa relinquished the day-to-day operations of Goodwin Procter, ceding that responsibility to New York real estate capital markets partner Robert Insolia, who was named managing partner that year, while Pisa retained her strategic role as chair.
“It’s a recognition that the job has become too big for one person,” Insolia told The American Lawyer at the time. “It’s time to share the burden a little.”
Insolia will continue in that capacity once Hashmall comes on board as chairman on October 1. Hashmall will focus on the firm’s overall strategy and policy formation, external growth efforts, client relations and external communication.
With more than 35 years of experience in complex commercial disputes, and a focus on patent and intellectual property litigation at both the trial and appellate level, Hashmall joined Goodwin Procter as a partner in 2001 following the firm’s acquisition of Schneck Weltman & Hashmall. In addition to leading Goodwin Procter’s litigation department, he has served on the executive and allocations committees.
Hashmall earned his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1972 and his law degree from New York University School of Law in 1977.
He told The Am Law Daily that Pisa’s leadership style was what brought him to the firm years ago.
“She laid out an excellent outline for leadership, one I hope to follow on,” Hashmall said.